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#103685 Aug 5th, 2007 at 09:35 AM
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Has anyone saved cucumber seeds from their gardens? I have had a great crop this year and would love to save seeds for next year. I saved tomato seeds last year and planted them this spring with a lot of success. Is there a special way to save them ? Thanks! wavy


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mrw #103739 Aug 5th, 2007 at 10:30 AM
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I had to laugh because last year I planted tomato plants and when they were done I did nothing else to the garden. This year I bought three new tomato plants. I rototilled the garden before planting and a week later three of last years plant came up on their own. I was thinking ... if you just threw the seeds in the ground this year, maybe they would come up on their own.

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I agree with the planting for next year theory! I live in Ontario and every year I faithfully planted my tomatoes inside in March for planting in May. Until last year when I simply left the garden to feed the birds through the winter months and this spring...well, I have beef steaks & cherry tomatoes in several different beds! They were also easily transplanted for sharing.

This fall I will simply gather the fruits together where I want them to go next year, cover them with a spadeful manure and see what happens. As for cucumbers...I will try it too, save some seeds for backup but its worth a shot. I always wash my seeds and leave them to dry on a paper towel, I just cut the paper towel into squares with 6 or so seeds in each section.

I wonder if the zuccini would work too?

Self seeded Cherry tomatoes:
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb93/maellinsmom/IM000989.jpg
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JustForMaellin #104297 Aug 6th, 2007 at 09:49 AM
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Thanks for the reply. It's amazing that the tomatoes started up again on their own, esp after wintering in Ontario!


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mrw #104309 Aug 6th, 2007 at 10:02 AM
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Just, I like that so much-saving your garden for the wildlife to feed on during the winter.

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let a couple of cucumbers ripen on the vine to the point of mush. the harvest the dried seeds for sowing next year.

DeborahL #104525 Aug 6th, 2007 at 07:51 PM
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uh huh - saves my back til spring too, less work :wink: I hate pulling plants while there is still the chance of a few extra days enjoyment like my frosted zinnias!
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb93/maellinsmom/touchoffrost4.jpg

It is a long time til I can plant them again and the critters really do find tasty tidbits during some harsh weather which extends my enjoyment even further, watching them!

bluejays:
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb93/maellinsmom/IM000802.jpg

red squirrel on sunflower:
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rabbit cleaning the vege garden:
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb93/maellinsmom/Picture027.jpg

and then finally my garden turns white:
http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb93/maellinsmom/IM000816.jpg


JustForMaellin #104828 Aug 7th, 2007 at 10:31 AM
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The zinnias look beautiful, I have grown them this year for the first time, and it won't be the last!


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