saving tomato seeds

Here are some basic instructions for those wanting to save their own tomato seeds - it's not as hard as you might think!

1. Start with your best fruit - nothing diseased or with blemishes. Encourage the traits you desire (early ripening, sweet taste, etc.)

2. Cut the fruits and scoop the seeds into a bowl.

3. Let stand for a few days at room temperature.

4. It will then be a moldy mixture, but this is good, as the process removes the gelatinous covering on the seeds.

5. Use a fine mesh strainer to rinse, leaving only the seeds.

6. Leave to dry on wax paper (they will stick to paper towel), and remember to label if you're doing several varieties!
7. Store in a paper envelope for use next year.
This process will help develop plants that are specially suited to your garden conditions, resulting in healthier, happier plants!

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