Welcome to Parna Garden.
It has been a while since I last uploaded the last gardening video.
Because I have been busy with work and travel.
Now that I'm back, I would like to show to how to collect seeds from the vegetables grown in your home garden and save them to start plants for the next growing season.
Also, we will take a quick tour of the garden up until frost hit this week and my recent harvest from the first week of December.
This is a winter melon You may have seen this variety of winter melon in my harvest video I'm going to cut this winter melon open and collect the seeds before I could use it for cooking You can also make winter melon juice, and it is known to be beneficial for people suffering from acidity.
This is how the inside of a winter melon looks like.
It has many fairly large seeds.
You can collect these seeds in a bowl, wash them, and dry them under the sun.
and then finally store it in salable plastic bags.
I'm going to take a small portion of this winter melon for today's use, and I'm going to collect seeds from that smaller piece.
The rest of the winter melon goes to the refrigerator and it can stay there for at least a week.
As you can see here, the small portion of winter melon itself has a lot more seeds than you would require for a small backyard garden Here, I'm going to harvest dried pods of yard long beans, also known as Asian long beans.
These dry bean pods are very easy to work with just bare hands As you can see here, when you split the bean pod open, the beans pop out and you can collect them to start the seedlings for the next growing season.
They can also be used for cooking This is a ridge gourd If you let it stay in the vine for long, it tuns dry and brown like this.
You an cut the large end of this ridge gourd and shake it for all the seeds to come out easily.
Clean the seeds of husk and save them to start your next year's ridge gourd plats This is a plant of green chillies.
As I have not harvested all of the green chillies, they have ripened and turned red.
These red chillies can be dried under the sun for a few days and then stored in air tight containers for future use in the kitchen or for starting new seedlings for the next growing season This is a bitter gourd, also known as bitter melon.
When it turns into this beautiful orange color.
and the pod starts opening by itself.
Inside this pod you will see a lot of seeds covered in red pulp.
You can take these seeds and throw it into water, and squeeze the pulp out of them.
The seeds inside are light brown in color as you can see here.
You can dry these seeds for a day or two and then save then for the next season.
To collect seeds from this ripe shooting star eggplant, I am gong to throw it into this container and add water to kit, then set aside for a few days so it becomes mushy and the seeds separate easily.
Here are the separated and cleaned seeds that I'm going to strain now and dry them under the sun on top of a paper towel After the seeds are dry, you can store them and use them next year for starting your eggplant seedlings Here is a tip to speed up this process – If you make a couple of cuts in the eggplant before you immerse it in water it becomes mushy faster and you can separate the seeds sooner.
Lets collect some okra seeds.
Here is my okra patch towards the end of the season with some okra pods that have gone to seed which means these okra pods have stayed on the plant until they became dry and brown.
These pods are filled with lots of okra seeds.
As you can see here, I am trying to open it with one hand Because I have the camera on the other But you can see, there are lot of black round okra seeds inside each of these pods Here is a close up view of the okra seeds that I collected These are Shankhapushpa flowers from my garden They grow in vines.
After the flowers drop, the plant produces pods filled with seeds.
When the pods are brown, they are ready to be harvested.
When you harvest the pods, sometimes they split open and you can see the seeds Typically each pod has 6 – 7 seeds and they are very easy to open with just one hand These are the seeds collected from the vegetables and flowers grown in my backyard garden in the year 2017.
It is important to label the seeds that you collect and also mark the year in which you collect them.
Because after a few years, the germination rate of the seeds may go down and you not get the expected result after sowing the seed and waiting for a few weeks for it to emerge Here, I am going to store all of these seed packets in a shoe box and set it aside for the next growing season.
Now on to garden tour.
First, let's take a look at this tomato plants growing in containers.
These were planted in spring and they have already produced a lot of tomatoes in early summer this year Now , towards the end of fall and early winter, they are producing second round of tomatoes.
And some of them are not going to be ready before the first frost in my area.
These are indeterminate variety of tomato plats, and they grow up until the first frost.
As we experienced higher than usual temperature in early winter this year the bell pepper plants have been producing a lot of peppers.
You can see multiple plants of bell peppers here making baby peppers in early December.
In addition to bell peppers, the green chillie plant has been producing a lot of green chillies.
Also, the poblano pepper is making peppers too.
Here is an over ripe bitter gourd that has split open on its own and its seeds are about to fall into the ground Hyacinth bean plant has been putting out a lot of bean pods towards the end of fall and up until the first frost It is producing a lot of flowers and fresh bean pods This plant has gone up on the fence and you can see at the top, there are a lot of flowers and fresh beans This garden bed had tomatoes and winter melon earlier this year.
After their production, I have pulled these plants out.
Here in this area, luffa is still producing.
Also, hyacinth beans are producing bean pods These vegetables were harvested from my garden in the first week of December just a few days before the temperature went below freezing and killed all the vegetables plants in my garden On the night of December 7th, the temperature in my area went below freezing It went down to -5 degrees Celsius, which is equivalent to 23 degrees Fahrenheit.
Here is how my garden looked the next morning.
Although I had covered these chillies and peppers with plastic sheeting, it did not save them from the cold.
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