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[Tomato Dirt #183] Have You Saved Any Tomato Seeds Yet?
August 15, 2019

Tomato Dirt Newsletter
Volume 9, Number 17

Dear Tomato Dirt reader,

Welcome back to Tomato Dirt! A couple times a month, we’ll send you this newsletter packed with tips about growing tomatoes and using them.

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FEATURE: Have You Saved Any Tomato Seeds Yet?

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The effort to save tomato seeds may seem like just one more chore at the end of the long gardening season. But saving seeds is easy, doesn’t take much time, saves money, and allows you to become more self-sufficient.

If you’ve never saved tomato seeds before – or if you’d like a refresher – consider these tips:

  • Save seeds from open-pollinated varieties. These types of tomatoes are true to their type from seed and maintain consistent characteristics over time.
  • Save seeds from your best tomatoes. Good tomatoes = Good seeds = Good plants next year.
  • Save seeds from ripe tomatoes. Seeds inside overripe tomatoes often have already started to germinate.
  • Save seeds from several tomatoes. Combining seeds from several fruits (rather than just one or two) gives you a strong selection.

Get answers to all your questions about saving tomato seeds when you check our Saving Tomato Seeds FAQs page.

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Tomato Growing Tip: What Are the Best Tomato Seeds to Save?

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To Help You Save Seeds (and Save Money)

Seed to Seed and other helpful books about seed savingSeed envelopes for organizing your seeds and trading with others Use silica gel packets to keep seeds dry

More about Saving Tomato Seeds

Why Save Tomato Seeds?How to Save Tomato Seeds for Next YearHow to Make Your Own Tomato Seed TapeSeed Trading 101: How to Trade Tomato Seeds

That’s it for now. More next time.

Until then, happy gardening!

Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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