Episode-1054- The How, What and Why of Saving Seeds — 12 Comments

  1. Been hoping this would be a topic soon… Actually been hoping for a while now. THANK YOU! Should get to listen to it in the morning!!! 🙂

  2. Is there an equivalent in plants to inbreeding in animals?
    Loved this show, I am my third generation of Brandwine tomatoes.
    I cannot grow enough, everyone loves them.
    Thanks, Pete

  3. Jack,
    When making self-pollinations on corn for seed for the next year, the bag over the shoot is more important than the bag over the tassel. There’s a good description of the whole procedure with pictures up at . From personal experience, a pocket knife works as well as the garden shears they use.

  4. I’m glad you touched on this today Jack. I was perusing my seed catalogs and could not find an “early girl” tomato seed anywhere!! A little research and I found that both Territorial and Johnny’s (my 2 favorite companies) phased out Seminis seeds, due to Monsanto buying them (Seminis). Here’s an excellent blog post on the subject:

    I save a lot of my own seed. But because I sell plant starts at farmers market; I need to buy some seeds. But I like your ideas on trying my hand at hybridization. If you can find any type of database, or start one – man that would be worth it’s weight in gold!!

    Thanks! Melodee

  5. Jack,

    Your idea of an informational resource for people creating different hybrids is great. Don’t rule out the idea of people repeating others’ failures, though – different seeds, locales, soil, weather, etc – all these could be reasons to repeat a given combo with some different variables. Either it works and you might learn what went wrong the first time, or you truly prove that the combination itself is a failure.

    Great show as usual. Thanks!

  6. Jack,
    When you say sweet potatoes do you mean yams, or are you talking about sweet white potatoes?

  7. Great show Jack. Thanks!

    My grandma recently passed and going through the house we found 3 sheets of news paper from 1990, the fall before my grandpa died. On each one was a few dozen seeds he was saving to replant. They are marked as Sweet Potato Squash. I have them now and am excited to see how well the germinate after 22 years stored on top of the kitchen cabinets. If I can get any to grow you can bet I will be saving them for a very long time. I feel a great connection to my grandfather with them and plan to pass it onto my kinds.

  8. Hey Jack, great show. Is the Japanese purple you spoke of also called an Okinawan sweet potato? If possible can you provide a link to a place I could buy some slips from? Thanks for all you do.

  9. I found this on Duck Creek Farms. Does that sound like the Japanese Purple you have?

    Light beige skin, purple flesh. Flesh gets darker and deeper purple when cooked. They are surprisingly sweet when cooked. Pretty foliage plant as well. Slow grower. Needs a VERY long, hot growing season. Preferably 140 days or longer. Originally from Japan…They will form roots out away from the center of the plant…

    • Can’t tell you it is exactly the same but sounds a lot like what I am planting.

  10. During Episode 1054 you mentioned building a database with seed crosses where people could login and document seed crosses.

    I think this would be a great idea and also a tool people could utilize to build, develop and strengthen the community.

    Thanks for a great show, Jack.