Video: Seed Saving 101 – Tomatoes

I am super excited about today’s video. Not because I think it’s a particularly stunning video, but because I’m stoked to share how easy and exciting this can be if you’re new to seed saving. I’ve been growing heirloom vegetables and have been saving and resowing their seeds for several years now and I can’t really describe how super cool it was the first time I harvested a tomato off a plant that I had planted from my own seed. Imagine the normal excitement you get when you see your little seedlings emerge. Now multiply that by ten! And not only that – it’s a relatively easy process!

In today’s video, I’ll give you tips on saving tomato seeds,replanting garlic, and storing seeds in order to maximize their longivity. Exactly, what kinds of tips will you get? Tips like this one. Did you know it’s best to save seeds from the best, most early (if we’re talking tomatoes in Seattle) fruit? You can remember which one set first or started to ripen first by loosely tying a bow around the stem. That way, you won’t be tempted to eat it while you wait for it to ripen enough to save the seeds! (Ok, you may be tempted to eat it, but after watching today’s video, I think you’ll resist!)

For more on seed saving, you really should check out this book, Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden, by local seed saving expert, Bill Thorness.

I was lucky enough to catch a seed saving class he taught at Seattle Tilth one summer and have since been using his book as a guide. It’s a super handy resource that I would definitely recommend from experience!

4 thoughts on “Video: Seed Saving 101 – Tomatoes

  1. Eileen

    Yay saving tomato seeds! I saved all kinds of seeds last year, & distributed them to all my friends for holidays. Thanks for the reminder that it’s time to start saving again!

  2. Kristin

    I’m growing tomato plants for the first time this year and am really excited to see which ones make it!! I have a couple that are just starting to yellow/orange up a bit on their way to red…it is so exciting! I have about 13 tomato plants and only about half are marked…terrible but hey, the surprises will be fun! I know I have at least one exciting heirloom that is called a “Cherokee Purple” that I hope produces…

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