Seeds and Seedpods

See the progression of growth from seed, to seedling, to plant, to bloom, to seedhead.

Please remember that these are sown, grown and gathered from my Canadian garden zone 5b (equivalent of USDA zone 4b)

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Saving seeds and seedpods will give you many seeds to plant in your garden next year.  Trading seeds with other gardeners provides you with new plants for the cost of a postage stamp.  Don’t forget to look out for Seedy Saturdays in your area for lots of trading, swapping, and purchasing from local growers.

Although plants need to be deadheaded to ensure continual bloom through the season you can always leave the odd flower to develop into a seedpod.  At the end of the season I leave all the flowers to dry out and produce seedpods.

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Be sure all seeds are dry before you package them – especially if you are using the mini plastic zip lock bags  Store seeds in a cool location over the winter.  Some seeds need to be stored in the refridgerator before germination.  The above photo is a collection of seeds from a Canadian seed swap I participated in at Folia.

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These seeds are all in printable seed packets that I share.  The photos are from my garden with a brief bit of info about the seeds.  You can download them for your own seed swapping.

When mailing seeds it is best to use a bubble envelope to protect the seeds as they go through the various postal machines.

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Annuals

4 o’clocks     angel trumpet     apple of peru or shoofly     calendula or pot marigold  cosmos

godetia     marigolds     morning glory     nasturtiums     petunias

ruby moon hyacinth bean     sunflowers     venidium     zinnias

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plant tables

Biennials

hollyhocks     lunaria or money plant

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Tender Perennials

 canna     peruvian daffodils     nine bark  elephant ears

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plant markers

Perennials

columbine     coreopsis     daisies     delphiniums     dianthus

ligularia   liatris     lupins     pinks     rudbekia

seeds labels & packets

Seed sorting

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Why not try Nature’s way of sowing seeds, the original winter sowing option.

Sprinkle a few seeds around your main plant in the fall, lightly cover, and let them germinate over winter.  I bet you will be surprised when you see some new plants growing in the spring.   I’ve always called these volunteer plants, as they have volunteered to grow where the seeds drop.

When you are planting your seeds be sure to think outside the pot

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