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Saving Seeds

December 15, 2010

I love saving seeds from each of our garden crops that do well the previous summer.  Spinach, lettuce, green beans, broccoli, it’s pretty easy to do.

But we have yet to grow any winter squash ourselves.

K and I buy acorn squash pretty often from the farmer’s market during the winter months. As a root veggie, it’s nice to have it as a staple once our green beans, broccoli and other veggies that we blanched and froze over the summer have been eaten.

So the other day, it occurred to me: Why don’t we save the seeds from the acorn squash we buy from Barber’s Farm to plan in our own garden next year?

It’s easy enough.

  1. Split open your acorn squash and scoop out the seeds.

2.  Rinse seeds thoroughly under water and separate all connecting fibers. Allow to drain.

3. Spread drained seeds across old newspaper and allow to completely dry in a cool, dark place.

4. Store dried seeds in canning jars or envelopes and keep cool and dry.

 

Don’t forget that certain veggies can cross pollinate if you’re not careful in the planting next year! For instance, these acorn squash seeds shouldn’t be planted near zucchini or pumpkins.  Beets and swiss chard could also cross pollinate with each other. But butternut squash and hubbard squash wouldn’t, as they are of different species.  A little research before planting is important. :)

I can’t wait to try to grow acorn squash next year!

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2010 10:54 am

    But they are so good roasted with a little oil and salt! Just like pumpkin seeds… :)
    That’s normally why I don’t seem to save any squash seeds for planting. I know, I could save 5 or 6 from each squash through the winter, and have a good amount for planting, but they are just soooo tasty!

    • December 16, 2010 6:58 pm

      Oooh, I’ve never tried them like pumpkin seeds! Will have to do so, I expect we’ll be getting more acorn squash from the market this winter :)

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