Gardening Tips: Saving Flower Seeds

Today I want to share about saving seeds from flowers to grow in next year’s garden. I want to show what California poppy, wave petunia, dwarf sweet pea, and Lavatera seeds look like and how easy it is to collect these seeds. Saving seeds is not only easy, it is rewarding and a great way to save money!

Once you’ve collected your seeds you’ll need clean jars or envelopes to put your seeds in, a way to label them, and of course the seeds themselves. I find it helpful to have a piece of plain white paper(computer or printer paper) to collect the seeds on as it makes it easier to see the seeds, and then you can also use the paper as a funnel to pour the seeds into the containers.

When gathering seeds, it is important to know about cross pollination and to know whether you’ll be guaranteed to get the same flower next year and to know what kind of flower variety you have.

Hybrid plants are plants that have been bred to keep specific traits from other varieties to create a new variety. So if you gather seeds from a hybrid plant, you may not actually get the specific variety of hybrid plant again. You might get a parent plant or some strange mix. You’re not guaranteed to get the exact same plant again.

Open pollinated varieties are plants that when you gather seeds from them, you get the same plant again from year to year. So when you buy your seeds, you want to look for the open pollinated varieties. A couple of things to know though. The open pollinated varieties will cross pollinate which means the seeds from one variety can be affected by pollen from a nearby plant.

Another thing to remember is that if you have 2 types of open pollinated seeds of the same plant category planted close to each other they can cross pollinate with one another and you might get some random mix of what you grew this year. So for example, if I planted three varieties of Petunias close to each other, when I gather seeds from them I may get a mixed bag of results. Just something to keep in mind.

California Poppies:

This is the pod that has formed after a California poppy has finished flowering. In this photo, the pod is too green, the seeds won’t be ready yet.
When the pod is brown and dried out looking, and and you’re able to pick it off easily from the stem then it’s ready. When the pod is split open, you’ll see numerous seeds inside. Scrape them off onto paper or a container.

Wave Petunia

After the flower is finished and dries up it gives way to a seed pod. The seed pod from a wave petunia looks like this one that the pen is pointing at. This one is ready because you can see that it’s brown, dry and already opening to let out it’s seeds.
You simply shake the seeds out of the pod to collect them.

Sweet Pea

Lavatera

The seed pods of the Lavatera are large and easy to spot. They start out green and then turn brown as they dry out. As you can see on this plant there are both green and brown seed pods.
The seeds come out very easily when ready. I just turned he seed pod upside down and the seeds fell out into my hand. I didn’t even need to shake the pod.

After you’ve gathered your seeds, they’re ready to be put in labelled envelopes or jars and kept in a cool dry place over the winter.

California Poppies
White wave petunias

Dwarf sweet peas
Lavatera

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DIY Fabulous Fall Wreaths for the Front Door

Fall is just around the corner and adding a diy fabulous fall wreath to the front door is an easy way to decorate your home for the season. These beautiful fall wreaths are statement pieces that aren’t just for the front door; you could hang them on an interior door, over a fireplace mantle, in a picture window or wherever you think it would look beautiful. Store bought wreaths can be expensive but most of these come with diy instructions to satisfy your budget and creativity. Here are some ideas to get you thinking and inspired so you can start picking up supplies for your fall decorating. Are you ready for this upcoming beautiful season?

Wheat Wreath:

Here is one version of a wheat wreath with some dried flowers added in.

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DIY wheat wreath Via Garden Answer

WREATH INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Tie the paddle wire around one spot on the wreath form. Ensure it’s tight.
  2. Wrap the wire around the spot a few more times then put it aside without cutting it.
  3. Group the wheat into bundles. If you want a fuller wreath, make big bundles; if you want a delicate wreath, make small bundles.
  4. Take one bundle and attach it to the frame. Angle it to the side.
  5. Wrap the paddle wire around the wheat to secure it. Cut off extra stems on the wheat.
  6. Attach more bundles of wheat and alternate the direction each time. Some can face outside while some face inside.
  7. When you get to the last bundle, cut the wire and secure it.
  8. Cover the gap between the first and last bundle with small bundles of wheat. Attach them with paddle wire. Use as many bundles as you need to make the wreath look finished.
  9. You can also make a bow with the burlap ribbon and attach it using floral pins.

DIY Corn Tassel Wreath

This is a sweet and simple tutorial that won’t cost you much if you can access a corn field.

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DIY Rustic Burlap Wreath:

I love the look and simplicity of this rustic fall wreath and there’s a lot of room for customization.

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DIY Autumn Berry Wreath:

This Autumn berry wreath is quick to make and beautiful for adding gorgeous color to your fall decor.

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DIY Rustic Fall Burlap Bubble Wreath:

Here is a simple wreath with a pop of color and lots of beautiful texture.

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DIY Acorn Wreath:

Why not pick up some acorns and make something wonderful?

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Fall Leaves Wreath:

This gorgeous fall leaves wreath is a breeze to make and ready in minutes!

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Easy Perfect Peach Pie

It’s peach season! One of my most Favorite times that I look forward to every summer! This easy perfect peach pie made from scratch is truly a taste of summer. I love peach season and this is a delicious way to enjoy this queen of summer juicy fruit!

The tender flaky crust will melt in your mouth and the pie isn’t too sweet but allows the natural juicy sweetness of the peaches to shine through. The ingredients are simple and the crust is so good but if you don’t want to make your own crust it’s easy enough just to use store bought pie dough.

Ingredients:

Pie Crust:

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp salt

2/3 cup shortening or lard (Tenderflake is my Favorite brand)

1/4 – 1/3 cup cold water

Mix the flour and salt together. Add the shortening and mash into the flour with a pastry blender or fork until you get the consistency of small pea- size lumps. Add the water and form into dough with your hands. Divide into two equal balls of dough. Sprinkle counter top with about 1-2 Tbsp of flour and roll out one ball of dough on top of the sprinkled flour to a thickness of about 1/8 – 1/4 inch. Gently roll up dough and then unroll over a 9 inch pie dish, completely covering the pie dish. Press dough into the pie plate and on the top edges of pie plate. Trim off excess dough from the outer edge of the pie plate. Roll out the second ball of dough as the first and then roll it up and set it aside to be the top crust after the peach filling has been added to the bottom pie crust.

Filling:

8 ripe peaches, peeled

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white granulated sugar

3 Tbsp cornstarch ( or 4 Tbsp if peaches are extra juicy)

Place the peaches in a large heat proof bowl and cover with boiling water and let the peaches sit in hot water for 3-4 minutes. Drain off the hot water and then cover the peaches in cold water to cool and allow you to handle the peaches without being too hot. This will loosen the skins and allow you to peel the peaches with ease. Peel and slice the peaches and combine with the sugar and cornstarch. Wet the edge of the bottom pie crust with a thin film of water to help the top and bottom pie crusts stick together. Place the peach filling on top of the bottom crust, unroll the top pie crust gently over top the pie filling and then press the edges of the top and bottom pie crusts together with your fingers. Trim off excess pie dough from the top pie crust edge. Poke a few steam vents in the center of the pie with a fork. Bake at 375 F on the bottom or second from the bottom oven rack for 45 – 60 minutes. Let cool and serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Enjoy!

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Healthy High-Protein Snack: “I -Can’t – Stop – Eating – it” Hummus

With my garden full of ripe summer veggies to harvest, this hummus is so delicious for dipping veggies (or chips) in! This is also great in wraps or sandwiches with tons of flavour! Chick peas(garbanzo beans) are a great source of protein and olive oil is high in healthy monosaturated fats which makes this a fantastic healthy snack.

Ingredients:

1 can chick peas (540 ml or 19 fl oz), rinsed and drained

1/2 cup olive oil

2 Tbsp fresh parsley, roughly chopped

1 green onion or 2 Tbsp chopped chives, chopped in large pieces

1 Tbsp lemon juice

2 garlic cloves, peeled

1/4 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor, cover and process until blended. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until served.

This is a quick and easy snack as there is not a lot of chopping involved as the food processor does it. I chopped the garlic cloves in half and the green onion and chives in large pieces. Just throw everything in and blend!

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