Saving Seeds Series: Radishes, and Seed Giveaway

Part of the joy I get from taking an active part in my family’s food system is watching the miracle that is a seed turning into food we eat. As I strive to become more responsible in our personal food cycle it has always made sense to save as many seeds as we can instead of purchasing new seeds every year, especially when it has become so hard to know which companies are embracing ethical and sustainable practices. Saving your own seeds will also give you a jump on the following year’s garden as you can start seeds inside before most stores are stocked up in February or March.

Seed Bank

Radishes are one the easiest seeds to save, it just takes patience and space. This year I started a “seed bank” so I had a place where plants that take a long time to flower would be able to grow uninterrupted. I’m really into succession planting to maximize my garden harvest, so after I pull crops I replant within a week or two, which isn’t enough time to let plants flower and seed. Nobody likes to be the last one hanging around after the party is over.

Radishes can take a couple of months to bolt, flower and form seed pods so it’s important to have a space where they can just hang out for awhile. After radishes flower, the petals fall off and pods are formed.

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Pods will grow and then begin to dry out; they are ready for harvest when the pods are completely dry and stiff. Each pod can hold anywhere from two to ten seeds, and each plant should give you multiple pods.

Dry radish pods

Breaking open the pods and collecting the seeds can be slightly time consuming so I always harvest my seeds while I’m doing another activity and my hands aren’t busy. My first round of radish pods that were ready this year only took about 15 minutes to break open and although the seed pile looks small I actually harvested 180 seeds from just two radish Sparkler plants.

Open radish pod

One of the most important parts of seed storage is labeling. Don’t tell yourself you’ll remember what’s in that one jar, because you won’t. Trust me, you really won’t. Store your seeds in a cool, dry place and you’ll never need to buy radish seeds again! What seeds do you save from your garden?

radish seed pile

Seed Giveaway

I love sharing the joy I get from my garden and try to spread that joy any way I can. I’ll be selecting ten random people to give a selection of five different seeds to start next years garden. Enter Below.

Giveaway Update: Winner Announcement!

I was so humbled and overjoyed at the number of people that entered my seed giveaway I am going to award five additional prizes. Thanks so much to everyone that entered and everyone that follows Fozzy Farm. Please check your email for instructions. If you think you won, but don’t see an email check your junk folder.

Winners

de*****@yahoo.com
ha*********@gmail.com
CM*********@outlook.com
em*******@gmail.com
mr******@hotmail.com
shawna
do**********@gmail.com
ma******@msn.com
pi***********@yahoo.com
co**************@live.com

Bonus Winners

Do***********@yahoo.com
Meg
hu*************@yahoo.com
da********@aol.com
do*****@ptd.net

Thanks again, this was so much fun. If you didn’t win, don’t worry I’m planning on doing at least one more seed giveaway before the end of the year.

3 Comments

  1. Michelle

    August 27, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Tomato seeds for sure!

    1. teresa sulyok

      August 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      herb seeds like flat parsley, basil, thyme, oregano, etc, please.

  2. Mimi Montgomery

    June 19, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Great post and pictures! I look forward to your next seed give away. 🙂

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