Simple and effective are adjectives that describe my gardening preferred style. I am not retired. I have a business and I am a Mum to an active toddler. Even though I am passionate about sustainable living, it needs to also be time effective. Hence why I mostly opt for easy and effective solutions.
Hence saving food seeds to plant for next season, needs to be quick. So this is what I do for saving tomato seeds:
* Slice tomatoes in half (or quarters for larger tomatoes) and squirt the seeds onto paper towels.
* Try to evenly spread the seeds around with your finger.
* Allow the seeds to completely dry onto the paper towels.
* Fold up each paper towel to fit into a small clean recycled jar. Store safely.
* Make sure the jar is labeled with what seeds are inside.
* Next season take the paper towels out of the jars. With scissors cut small sections off the towel – only having a couple of seeds on each section.
* Plant each section of seeds into your prepared garden bed.
I also find this method easier for planting and allocating space between plants. If more than one seed germinates from each section, I then just thin out the plants (choose the healthiest looking plant and remove the rest from that section).
* NOTE You need to make sure your tomato seeds come from open pollinated or heirloom tomatoes. Don’t try this with grocery store purchased tomatoes. Otherwise you might get a great bushy plant with no tomatoes.
Pretty easy hey!?!