Over the past 3 years, I have started making my own seeds for a few vegetables. These have been:
1. Tomatos and Chili peppers – these are easy and are made from fruit you have picked from the plant, so there is no time pressure.
2. French Climbing Beans and dwarf beans – these are also easy and these crops are not usually requiring to be pulled before seeds mature in pods.
3. Broad Beans and Peas – although these are easy, there is usually acute pressure to pull up the plants after crop harvest to plant out a second crop.
So, this year, I have put four broad bean and pea seedlings into 30cm pots to allow seeds to mature away from the garden.
As the pictures show, the plants are doing well for early May, with the broad beans flowering and the plants climbing the pole rapidly. It will be interesting to see how well seeds from plants grown in pots perform when put back into soil in 2018.
The other experiment I am trying this year is growing onion seed, this year progressing six Kelsae plants in pots:
The scapes are now forming well and should turn into seed heads in a month or two.
The proof of the system’s worth will of course be in 2018….