Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Saving seeds~

I've had a request to share what a Love-in-a-Mist plant and blossom look like, so am posting this picture that I took of one of my flowers last year. Some of the flowers are blue and some are white and they make the most unique seed heads when finished blooming! Inside of each large seed pod is 5 or 6 sections and each of these sections has about 6 to 8 seeds in it, so needless to say, I had only to pick a small envelope of pods to get enough seeds for next year--and some to share with friends...

As long as we had plates with seeds spread out all over the table this morning, I thought I'd take some pictures of them and share them here. I also took pictures of our popcorn, here...
...and here...
Here's our heart-shaped tray full of cayenne peppers we grew:

About half of the Straight-8 cucumber seeds we saved this year:
Green bean seeds:
Onion seeds:
Dill seed: (we have a lot more than this!)

Flower seeds: Starting at the top left corner and going around clock-wise are mini-marigold seeds; Love-in-a-Mist seeds; Zinnia seeds; more marigold seeds; and in the middle are a few seeds we got from Mother's one and only Kiss-Me-Over-the-Garden-Gate plant. :)

And finally, here are my Lima beans--in different stages of dryness...

My heart is now singing thanks to the Lord for His great miracle of seeds!!!
This was a very busy day once again, although a most enjoyable one! A friend came for some farm products early this morning; Mom and the boys made some apple sauce, juice, and cider vinegar; I ground up more tomato sauce and got it in the very full freezer; we started the Kombucha; my dad hauled grain all day again; and I babysat from 12:00 to 6:00 (for the same 2 little children that I watched last week)... Oh yes, plus we did the usual chores; schoolwork and meal preparation, etc......
It is so good to all be together again under the same roof, at the same time!


Miss Jen said...

I always love seeing your
bountiful harvest!!! :)

With Much Love~ Jen

Dilvin said...

Good morning Cora!
great pictures!
how long has your family been saving seed?

love-in-a-mist is a very pretty flower. we grew them ones before.
have a good day!

Dilvin said...

Hi Cora!
I showed my brother these pictures
We were wondering what type of green beans you grew.
this yea is the first year we started seriously saving
seed from our gardens.
It is nice to see others doing the same thing!
Keep up the great work!

Hannah said...

What a pretty flower!
I like all the pictures of your seed saving also!
Have a great day!

Kimberly said...

I loved looking at all the pictures. You have a lot of seeds there! Blessings as you do your work.

Cora Beth said...

My mom has saved seeds for many years, although we're always learning new ways of doing things. For example, we've never saved onion seeds before, so this is a first for us.

I think the bean seeds in the picture are Contender Bush beans.