My Seed Saving Zone Of Discomfort

There are things you know a lot about and things you donít know as much about.

I know a lot about Brassicas seeds and Brassica cross pollination.

But now that weíve ran out of seed Brassicas to talk about, itís time to move on to other crossers on #seedsavingformarketgrowers.

And next up are some storage roots – your carrots, beets, and onions.

This is my zone of seed saving discomfort.

Iíve grown these roots for farmers market and CSA for over 20 years but I actually donít have that much experience growing their seed.

The main reason for that is the humid climate where I farm.

Carrots, beets, onions and their relatives have seeds that donít come in pods or in fruits.Their seeds sits naked, exposed to the elements. And our climatic elements involve a lot of rain and ambient humidity

This extra wetness creates some seed challenges:

  • Potential lower germination
  • Potential higher disease on seeds
  • Potential seeds germinating in the field

These challenges have meant that I havenít had consistent success with these crops. So, Iíve focused on growing other seed crops that have brought me great germination and great seed quality,

And maybe thatís the lesson for todayís post.

If you get into seed saving and you have some problems, donít swear off all seed saving.

Maybe itís just the crop youíre working with thatís the problem. Not seed saving as a whole.

If youíre a northern grower with humid summers, maybe start with something other than carrots, beets, and onions.

All that being said, Iím still going to jump into a series of posts about these crops!

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