ARE YOU a green thumb?
If you like getting your hands dirty in the garden, we’ve got just the thing for you.
Gardening guru Monty Don is someone you can trust when it comes to gardening tips and if you want your garden to look amazing this summer you better listen.
And don’t worry, you don’t have to go to your local garden center and spend a fortune on fancy plants or tools.
According to Monty Don, collecting seeds is an “easy” way to grow crops “for free.”
The leading host of Gardeners’ World claimed that gardeners could get “dozens of free plants” using this method. So if you want to impress your friends and family with your garden but don’t want to spend the money, start taking notes now.
If that sounds interesting to you, Monty Don has shared his best advice on collecting seeds in gardens so you can expand your outdoor space without spending a penny.
In his last blog post for August, he explained that growing your favorite plants from seed is “easy” and “virtually free.”
The gardening expert wrote: “Growing your favorite plants from seed is easy and practically free.
“Not only does this give you dozens of free plants for years to come, but it also gives you spares to give away or trade with friends and family.”
According to the gardening professional, August is the time to start collecting seeds from your garden.
To accomplish this task, Monty revealed his simple but clever trick – using brown paper envelopes.
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He explained: “Use brown paper envelopes – A5 is the ideal size – and either carefully cut off the seed heads and tuck them in the envelopes on end – seed head and all.
“Or place the envelope over the seed head, seal it, and then cut off the stem and store it upside down.
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“Legibly label each envelope with the date, plant name and location in the garden, and keep in a cool, dry place.”
The gardening expert explained that after a week or two the seeds should be dry and can then be sieved, cleaned and stored in sealed packets.
If this sounds like something you would love to do, you can try collecting seeds from trees, shrubs, vegetables, and herbs during different times of the year.
Much like plants and flowers, seeds come in all shapes and sizes and you should ensure you are careful when handling and sorting them.
It is important that you ensure your seeds are kept away from pests as well.
Collecting seeds allows gardeners to populate new areas of their garden with specific flowers they love without the expense of purchasing brand new plants.
Seeds are usually ready around two months after the plants flower, so this varies depending on the flowering time of each plant.
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