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GLT's Grow: Seeds To Collect, Seeds To Swap

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When the growing season is done, that's the time to make plans for the future of your garden -- that's the time to collect seeds. Careful collection and storage of seeds in the fall ensures new plants for the spring, said Patrick Murphy, host of GLT's Grow.

  • First of all, DO NOT take seeds from public property.  No matter how much you admire a plant and want to grow it yourself, it's illegal.  So please don't do it.  Thank you.
  • Make sure you know what you are collecting from your garden.  Label it so you'll know what's what come spring. Plus, if you go to a seed swap, your gardening pals will want to know what they're getting.
  • Wait until the flowers on your plant have died back to pull seeds from it. 
  • Use your hands to harvest seeds.  Use gloves, and if you're prone to allergies, wear a mask.
  • Store in a place that's cool and dry, like the refrigerator.  Paper bags are good.  Plastic bags are not.
  • Keep them safe from critters, too -- mice love seeds.  I'm looking at you, Mickey and Minnie!
Reporter, content producer and former All Things Considered host, Laura Kennedy is a native of the Midwest who occasionally affects an English accent just for the heck of it. Related to two U.S. presidents, Kennedy appalled her family by going into show business.