Monday, January 21, 2013

Free Plant Seeds

You can come by free plant seeds a variety of ways.  In fact there are many seeds that you can’t just go to the store and purchase.


Free Pepper Seeds - 2wks after planting 
Earlier this month I was eager to start my indoor vegetable garden. I jumped in the car and headed over to my local plant store.  Unfortunately, I was about 2 months too early; they don’t have any seeds or their displays out until early February I was told.

So, what did I do? Remembering that had been successful in growing bell peppers from the seeds that I had harvested from grocery store bought produce, I broke out the sweet peppers I had in the fridge.  Now you must understand that growing seed from a vegetable that was mass grown is a gamble.  Mass produced plants are often hybridized, or have very specific growing conditions, so don’t set your hopes too high.  But many people, including me, have been successful and happy growing fruit and veggies from seeds collected right out of their fridge.

Sweet Pepper Seeds in Greenhouse
Some free ways to get seeds:
Seed swap with friends
Collect from raw produce you purchase to eat
Collect from nature walks
Collect from your own garden
Leftovers from last year’s seeds


Don’t forget to use your pop bottles to make your own free greenhouses.  See my article titled “Make your own Greenhouse out of a Pop Bottle” from January 2013.

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