Saving Seeds from Successes

I finally figured out which tomatoes were the volunteers that kept popping up all over the garden.

There are three different tomatoes growing in the tomato bed:  The beefsteaks that I grew from seed, the volunteers that grew from the compost that I started my seeds in, and the ones I bought when it looked like my tomato plants that I grew from seeds were stunted and were just really strange looking.  They got to about 10 inches and a lot of them had curled leaves, but once the weather warmed up they were okay.  They are all doing fine and still flowering.

The beefsteaks are obvious… 09-05-08 (9)

And then we have these…08-12-08 (2)

And then we there are  these…08-30-08 (7) 08-30-08 (5)  which are my favorite by the way.  Not only because they look so pretty, but they taste the best.  I like the single-serving size.

I was going through my old pictures from last year and ran across this one… Grape Tomato_Summer 2007 

This is the only tomato variety I planted last year.  Notice how this one has only one stem with tomatoes growing and the ones from this year have branched to give you so many more tomatoes?  Maybe going through the compost super charged the seed and made it super productive. 

I’ve saved the seeds from the largest beefsteak and from some of the cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes, not sure which variety they are.

I bought a really large water melon from the store and saved some of its seeds. 

And I’m not above buying the really big green peppers from the grocery store to save the seeds either which I intend to do this year because although I am getting lots of bell peppers from my plants, they just aren’t that big.08-02-08 (2)

I’ve been collecting seeds from my canna plants too.  08-27-08 (16) 09-05-08 (10)

I’ve read they will bloom the first year from seed.  The first summer here really late in the year a canna just appeared near the evergreen trees.  I’m pretty sure it was a seed left in the ground because if it was from a piece of root, which I doubt it would have survived our winter, it would have started growing earlier in the year.  With me watering as much as I did (that and the water that came into my yard from my neighbor’s sprinkler) the shell must have finally got soft enough to let the seed start growing. 

From my own yard I’ll have seeds from …

  • Tomatoes (beefsteak and cherry/grape)
  • Canna
  • Hibiscus (if it forms seed pods)

From the neighborhood grocery store …

  • Watermelon
  • Muskmelon (they get bigger than cantaloupe)
  • Bell Pepper

It’s said that when you save seeds from your own plants that did well, you’re ahead of the game a little because you already know how that plant will do in your climate.  So, save your seeds, save some money, and get a double bonus of satisfaction by planting seeds you helped create.

Happy Gardening!!!

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