waldenfarm at sprintmail.com
Fri Jul 7 11:09:39 EDT 2000
There's an excellent book on seed saving- "Seed To Seed" by Suzanne Ashworth. She works
with Seed Savers Exchange and knows her stuff. I prefer books written by those who do
(fill in the blank) for a living rather than write books for a living.
In general, harvest seeds when you do the onions- when the stalks begin to dry. Cure
them for 10-12 days. Avoid drying in the sun where temps may exceed 75 F. She also says
that they need a dormancy period, so don't plant right away. Store them at 32- 45 deg.
for 3-6 months or at 77-95 deg. Room temperature will kill them. She also has temp. and
humidity requirements for 10-12 month storage. (Now I know why those 1 year old onion
seeds never sprouted!)
Good luck and let us know how you do!
Marie Kamphefner wrote:
> I notice that some of the onions in my garden are going to seed. I think I
> would like to save some of the seed and try to grow it next year. I need
> information on how to harvest the seed and how to care for it until winter.
> Tomorrow is our first farmer's market day - I'm so excited!
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