Marc - Those squash have been cross-pollinating and
you can't count on getting the same varieties from seeds you collect.
You need to isolate the varieties to maintain the unique
characteristics that make them buttercup, delicata, etc. That's just
about impossible in a community garden and can be difficult
Check a library and you should be able to find a helpful book
and get some ideas for next year. If you want to save seeds from
your garden this year, tomatoes are a good place to start. Each
plant's flowers seem to pollinate themselves. Just make sure
you're saving seeds from an open-pollinated (not hybrid) variety.
Tomato seeds, by the way, require a simple fermentation step to germinate
properly the following year.
For an interesting seed-saving kind of crop next year, try
Cherokee Cornfield Beans from Abundant Life Foundation in Washington
State. These produce an enormous range of beans, year after year, and the
astonishing variety of sizes, colors, and patterns makes my daughter
want to shell the beans. I repeat, my daughter WANTS to.
We fight over who gets to do the last few. Bruce
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, August 18, 2000 9:31
Subject: [cg] collecting seeds
To Whom It May Concern,
My question is I have a rather large
successful garden this year (2,350 sqft) and in it I have buttercup and
delicata squash as well as butternut and acorn.
I would like to know
how do I go about collecting seeds for next years garden and what is the
process I need to do.
Sincerely yours Marc Penn