I used seeds saved from last year. I have loads of tomato seedlings now, organic. The original seeds were from seedsavers.org. From just a couple of tomatoes, I got 40 to 50 seeds and every one of them sprouted. It's an easy thing to do...
take a tomato from your harvest, but not the first tomato on the plant
cut it and smear the gel and the seeds on a plain paper plate
allow the seeds to dry NOT IN THE SUN
write the name of the tomato, description, instructions, etc. on the paper plate
it's easier to write on the plate before you put the seeds on, hee hee
let the plate and seeds dry, and store over the winter in a cool dry place.
I used a covered woven basket to hold the seed plates and to keep insects away
pick off the seeds and put in small peat pots for starting, if you wish
the secret is to not plant the seeds too deeply...no further down in the soil than triple the size of the seed
they sprout immediately, so don't do it too early
also, remember to keep your seeds on the plates OUT OF THE SUN even while planting
This year from seed I have
Lemon Balm herb
yellow crookneck squash
too many tomato plants, late "Czechoslovakian Bush" which produce until November, and I had one last tomato at Christmas, before our first freeze. Yes, we have an eight month growing season.
garlic bulbs easy to do: just plant last year's divided cloves and you get whole bulbs like magic, and you can eat the leaves as they are coming up, in stir fry just don't mistake daffodil leaves for garlic, and they look similar and come up at the same time
leaf lettuce green
leaf lettuces mixed red and bronze
My lettuce is ready now...soon it will be too hot to have lettuce, as weather due to be in the 80 F range from now on...
Last edited by lindabaker on Sat Apr 23, 2011 5:23 am; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : added tomatoes to list)