Garden plants ‘really easy to keep’ right now – ‘a great way to save money’

Although it can be a lot of work to save the seeds of all the plants, especially if you have a lot, it may be possible to do so from just a few. Building a stockpile of home-harvested seed can reduce gardening bills for the following season and provide several other benefits. Resilient gardening expert Kim Stoddart told Express.co.uk: “Home-saved seeds are more likely to be suitable for your own personal garden or outdoor space, where they were grown. , which builds resilience within which is really exciting.

“That means potentially more efficient seeds that are more able to withstand extreme weather conditions, especially if you also saved seeds from the plants that performed best in drought conditions.

“In addition, there are many plants whose seeds are very easy to save year after year. It’s a great way to save money, build confidence, and create seeds that are truly climate change savvy, what’s not to love?

“Also, know that this is exactly what people did before we all had online garden centers and seed stores to buy from.

“I love leafing through a gardening catalog as much as the next person, but allowing some of your plants to grow and set seed is easy to incorporate into your gardening pursuits, and it’s incredibly good to perfect your own seed stock. for the following year.

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Another very easy to save plant is a radish. Kim said she uses them for cut flowers and to decorate food.

She added: “A plant will also provide you with a huge range of pods – pick them up and let them dry in a warm place for a plentiful supply.”

Another vegetable that’s good to save is lettuce, which Kim says doesn’t feature prominently in most commercial seed packets.

The expert explained: “If you let them, they will produce an amazing array of flowers which will then turn into seeds. The only thing to watch out for here is that the plants can mold in wet weather, so if you have lettuce in pots, you can bring it inside to grow and sow seeds, or perhaps provide some form of cover for your plants to keep them under. dry.

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“A healthy lettuce plant will easily produce the equivalent of at least 20 seed packets, so it’s well worth the effort. The seed is also viable for germination immediately, so I am currently using mine for windowsill salad occasions over the winter.

Arugula, often used in salads, will self-seed with “abandonment” according to the expert.

Gardeners can compost anything they don’t want or end up using, but this vegetable is “very low maintenance” and great to grow.

Kim continued: “The generally dictated advice for storing tomato seeds is to remove the seeds and let them ferment for a while in a glass of water before removing the seeds to dry.

“He’s a real jerk. In fact, you don’t need to do this at all. I much prefer to just lay the tomato seed (and its jelly-like surroundings) on paper and let it dry in a warm place.

“That way the paper or card can simply be cut out, stored and planted whole the following year.”

Gardeners can also save green bean seeds, keeping them warm before storing them.

Kim has been writing about climate change and resilience since 2013 and helping people grow delicious fruits and vegetables naturally, with less time and money overall.

She runs many courses, including online, to help people grow food at home all year round, including indoors on the windowsill during the winter.