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Horticulture - Youth Gardening

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Saving Seeds


1. Collect mature flowers and vegetables. Seeds will be located in the base of the flower.

Here is where you find the seeds in a flower

To find seeds in vegetables like tomatoes or peppers, cut them in half and collect the seeds found inside.

Here is where you find vegetable seeds in peppers

2. Spread seeds out to dry on a paper towel, in open box or in a paper bag. Will take seeds 1-2 weeks to dry.

3. Store seeds in paper bag or envelope. Write name of seed and date collected on container.



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