It’s great that you’re interested in gardening and reproducing your own vegetable seeds! Here’s a simple guide to sowing and reproducing seeds in your vegetable garden or on your balcony:
Choose the vegetables: Start by choosing the vegetables you want to grow in your garden. Our seeds are reproducible (they are not F1 hybrids that degenerate with each generation). Choose varieties suited to your climate and region. Kerbeleg seeds are adapted to a temperate climate, but if you grow them, they will get used to your soil and get stronger with each generation.
Prepare the soil: Prepare a garden area by weeding and loosening the soil. Remove weeds and stones, then use a fork or spade to aerate the soil.
Sow the seeds: Consult the instructions for each variety of vegetable for the recommended sowing depth and spacing. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help, we’re here to assist you in your quest for beauty and goodness. Use your finger or a small shovel to make holes in the soil, place the seeds in the holes and gently cover them with soil. Water lightly to moisten the soil.
Garden maintenance: Keep the soil moist by watering regularly, but avoid over-watering so as not to drown young plants. Weed regularly to eliminate competing weeds. If necessary, use mulch to help prevent weeds and keep the soil moist.
Harvesting vegetables: Leave them to grow until they are ripe. Harvest them by cutting them carefully with clean garden shears. For some plants, such as tomatoes and peppers, let them ripen fully before harvesting the fruit and collecting the seeds.
Drying the seeds: Once you’ve harvested the ripest, seed-bearing vegetables, remove the seeds and clean them by removing any pulp or debris. For seeds surrounded by some sort of gelatine, soak the seeds in tap water for exactly 3 days, the gelatine will detach from the seed, spread the seeds out on a clean sheet of paper and leave them to dry out in direct sunlight for a few weeks.
Seed storage: Once the seeds are completely dry, place them in paper envelopes or small resealable plastic bags. Be sure to label each envelope with the name of the plant and the harvest date. Store the envelopes in a cool, dry, dark place until you’re ready to sow them again.
By following these simple steps, you can sow and reproduce your own seeds in the vegetable garden. It’s a rewarding experience that will give you a better understanding of the life cycle of plants and help you become more independent in your gardening.
Good luck, and above all… enjoy!