I bought this book yesterday and it is wonderfully informative and inspiring. All I want to do is sit outside with a cuppa and read it and dream about living a healthier, more sustainable life. I’m having to be very disciplined in forcing myself to work and do the things that I’m supposed to be doing rather than just reading and dreaming. I did have a quick flip through it last night though and found a great section on seed saving. It suggested using tulle or muslin to make little bags to collect and store the seed from produce in your garden.
I quickly whipped up a few using some scraps of tulle I had in my fabric cupboard. I made them by cutting rectangles of tulle 12 cm by 35 cm (about 5″ by 14″), folding the rectangle in half and sewing up the sides. You can make them any size you like, though. I threaded some old cotton yarn through the holes in the tulle to make a drawstring. So simple!
To collect seeds with the bags, the book suggests putting the bag over a whole flower head on certain plants (such as basil and parsley) to catch the seeds as they fall naturally. I’m going to collect and dry some seeds from these heirloom tomatoes that my parents grew and store them in these bags with little labels until they’re ready to plant! I haven’t had a huge amount of success growing tomatoes in the past, but I’m going to keep reading and learning and trying!
Do you grow any fruit, herbs or veggies? Have you got any tips for a beginner like me?
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