casual seedsavingPosted: September 19, 2010
An acquaintance of mine is selling two excellent, similar varieties of musk melon at the farmers’ market. I am aware that she is also this year growing seed for a regional seed company. I figure, perhaps she is raising melon seed? and I save some. Turns out, noâ€”these melons, the only she grew, may have crossed. Next year, were I to plant them, likely as not they would not come back true.
However, true or no, it is highly likely they will come back excellent. And, I will have the pleasure of opening each one with a sense of anticipation: maybe a new melon! Never before tasted! What will it taste like!
And, of course, it’s free.
Seed saving doesn’t have to be about preserving rare varieties. Not attempting to preserve rare varieties, we can be sloppy: risk strange crosses and inbreeding, experiment with serendipitous crosses of inbred plants, toy with things we need not fully understand.
Not that I’ll stop buying seed. I’ll just buy less of it.
This reminds me, this time of year it’s time to start thinking about stocking up on garlic, potatoes, onions and winter squash. Pop corn. Meal corn. The new harvest of dry beans. Don’t want to have to go to the grocery store any more than necessary this winter. Any of those potatoes, corn kernels, beans, left over, you can put them in the ground next year. Garlic, you can put in the ground soon this year.
Also, recently, I’ve been saving the seed from hollyhocks and black-eyed susans. Why not?