8 Tips For Saving Flower Seeds

Did your flower garden exceed your expectations this year? The magnificent blooms are fading into memory as the fall season approaches. Do not let the seeds go to waste. Collecting the seeds from your flower garden is an inexpensive way to get a head start on next year’s blooms.

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Tips on Saving Flower Seeds

Are you ready to save your seeds? The process of saving seeds from season to season is a great fall activity. Get outdoors! Enjoy the last of your flower beds before the winter weather sets in.

  1. Tools: The tools needed to collect seeds are basic. A pair of scissors or garden clippers work well for removing dead blooms. If you have sensitive skin, consider wearing gardening gloves to protect your hands. Paper bags or other container to collect seeds.
  2. Time to Collect: Begin collecting seeds about 2 to 3 weeks after the flowers stop blooming.
  3. Weather: Wait until a warm, sunny day to collect the seeds.
  4. Collection Time: Simply clip the blooms. If using a paper bag (lunch sacks work well), snip and allow the seeds to fall into the bag.
  5. Cleaning: Before storing, the seeds must be free from debris. You can clean as you go or wait until you spread the seeds out to dry. Do not skip this step. Debris or the seed pods may contain fungus or insect eggs. Always clean the excess away from the seeds.  
  6. Drying Time: Spread the seeds out on wax paper, newspaper, or paper towel to dry. Allow the seeds to dry for at least a week.
  7. Seed Organization: Once the seeds are dry, move on the storage process. There are different ways to store seeds. Place seeds in large envelops, plastic bags, small containers, or the previously used paper bags. Mark the storage unit with the date and type of flower.
  8. Final Storage: Place your seed harvest in an airtight container. Set the container in a cool, dry, and dark area in the house or garage for next spring’s planting.

If you have an abundance of seeds, consider swapping with other gardeners. Trading seeds with others is a great way to meet people and get a new variety of seeds.  

World Environment Day: 10 Ways to Help Preserve the Environment

Today, June 5, 2017, is World Environment Day. From politics to worldwide news, climate change and environmental issues are hot topics right now. Taking steps to save the planet Earth sounds like an overwhelming, hopeless task. Pushing for leaders to make informative changes is an integral part of a long lasting solution. Encouraging people to implement small changes in daily living will also provide a large impact for caring for the environment.

Simple Ways to Help Preserve the Environment

Everyone knows change takes time. Practice implementing informative choices requires practice and discipline.

  1. Recycle

Locate your local recycling facility to learn about recycling everyday items. In some area, recyclable products may be set out to the curbside for weekly pickup. Under most circumstances, the following items may be part of your local recycling program.

  • Glass
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Plastic
  • Tin cans
  • Cardboard

Other areas may host collection sites for used batteries, car oil, electronics, and printer cartridges. Reuse items, if possible. Glass containers perfect for storing other materials.

  1. Skip the Water Bottles

Consider investing in travel mugs or reusable water containers. Prefilling the containers prior to leaving home is also an easy way to save money.

  1. Use Matches or Refillable Lighters

Using matches or refillable lighters help keep throw away lighters from filling up local landfills.

  1. Implement Energy Saving Techniques
  • Switch Your Light Bulbs: Over the past few years, the decrease in the price of energy saving light bulbs allows home and business owners to use at a fraction of the cost.
  • Turn Off Appliances: Computers, appliances, radios, and other forms of electrical equipment still draw power even in sleep mode. Turning off unused household items will save energy and money.
  • Turn Off Lights: When leaving a room, turn off the light as you go. The simple concept is a great way to save energy.
  • Replace Old Appliances: Investing in energy efficient appliances help reduce the amount of electricity in use on a daily basis.
  • Use a Clothes Line or Dryer Rack: Hanging out clothes to dry provides a fresh scent and saves energy.
  • Conserve Water: Skip the bath for a shower or turn the water off while brushing your teeth are both energy saving techniques.
  1. Use Reusable Bags

Invest in reusable bags. Consider placing a couple of the bags in your vehicle for easy access. When you shop, forego the plastic bags and use your own.

During annual holidays or birthdays, reusable bags or small fabric totes are perfect for gifts. The receiver of the gift will be able to use the bag in the future.

  1. Go to the Farmer’s Market & Buy Local

Buying from farmer’s markets or other local establishments allow you to save money on transportation. Allowing you to simply take your selection and leave, most of the fresh vegetables come without any form of wrapping materials.

  1. Grow a Garden and More

Small gardens or container gardening may yield large amounts of fresh vegetables. If you have a large outdoor space, a quality garden may provide you with a winter’s worth of vegetables.

  • Create a compost pile with leftover coffee grinds, grass clippings, food and other natural items. The compost will be a welcome addition to your garden.
  • Set up bee hives to harvest honey
  • Use garden boxes to simplify your garden and reduce weeds
  1. Plant Fruit Trees

Along with a garden, plant fruit trees. Along with yielding fresh fruit, the spring time flower buds provide a perfect opportunity to feed the bees.

  1. Skip the Pesticides

Pesticides to control bugs or weeds have a harmful effect on the environment. Consider implementing natural or organic options to help reduce the environmental impact.

  1. Invest in Home Improvements

If you are a homeowner, consider investing in energy saving options.

  • Add extra insulation
  • Replace outdated windows
  • Put on a new roof or siding to help decrease drafts
  • Schedule regular maintenance on your furnace or air conditioning unit to ensure a high-level performance at minimal energy usage.
  • Use an energy efficient thermostat to manage the temperature in your home
  • Use heavy curtains to help keep heat from escaping
  • Consider investing in high-quality solar panels to reduce your energy usage.

Every small effort may help contribute to a larger movement. Do not be afraid to contact your local chamber or town council on recycling issues. Working together is the first step in preserving the environment.

 

 

 

 

Introduction

I am creating this blog, Rebecca’s Country Notes to feature different crafts, recipes, stories and other content from living in the rural area. I already have another blog dedicated to my pursuits in photography and writing, Rebecca’s Writing and Photography. Even though the two intertwine at times, I just wanted to keep the two genres separate.

Until next time…peace

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