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Seed Saving Tip

By paulgrow
September 30, 2012

This is an easy way to sort seeds.

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Name: Anna
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canadanna
Sep 29, 2012 6:43 PM CST
This is a good solution to herding those seeds! Bravo!
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CarolineScott
Sep 29, 2012 9:41 PM CST
Yes, a very good idea!
Thank you for sharing it with us.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Sep 29, 2012 10:12 PM CST
Okay. Didn't know that pharmacies just give out those trays for free!
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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Sep 30, 2012 4:43 AM CST
What a great idea! I wonder if I can talk my way into getting one of those.

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plantladylin
Sep 30, 2012 7:24 AM CST
Wonderful idea Paul ... thank you so much for sharing this tip! I think I will stop by a local pharmacy and ask if they by chance have one to spare! Smiling
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rocklady
Sep 30, 2012 9:30 AM CST
Great idea, Paul. Lin, I'm sure you can charm a pharmacist into parting with one of those trays.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Sep 30, 2012 9:36 AM CST
Jean: LOL, I'm not all that charming but I'm sure gonna try! Green Grin!
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Name: Jean
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rocklady
Sep 30, 2012 10:41 AM CST
Lin, give it your best shot, and I'm sure you will come away with one of those trays Thumbs up Thumbs up -- or maybe two, which you can share with me! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

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lovemyhouse
Sep 30, 2012 10:57 AM CST
Hilarious!
Great idea.
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woofie
Sep 30, 2012 2:18 PM CST
Make that three! My charming days are long past! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Onewish1
Oct 1, 2012 5:48 PM CST
that's awesome!!!!
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Toni
Feb 9, 2013 9:20 PM CST
Excellent tip Paul ~ thank you for sharing Thumbs up
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jul 19, 2013 11:40 AM CST
When I want to count seeds instead of just using a small measuring spoon, I use a small liquor glass around 3 inches tall. Near the top, it widens a little to a "belly", and then narrows again.

When I hold it nearly horizontal, the "belly" will hold seeds without dropping them, even if my hand shakes.

So I can put a tablespoonful of seeds into the liquor glass, hold it nearly horizontal, and shake or scoop around the right number of seeds into the "belly".

Then I use a small spoon or knife to spread the sees out and move them back or forward until I can count them as I drag them forward over the lip and drop them into tray or cup.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
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RickCorey
Jul 19, 2013 11:41 AM CST

Usually the only seeds I count are tomato seeds. I bought some tiny stainless steel measuring spoons for splitting up most seeds. I have 1/64 tsp, 1/32 tsp, 1/16, 1/8 and 1/4 tsp.

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=micro+measuring+sp...

I can get amounts in-between spoon sizes by using "heaping", "level" or "scant" spoonfuls. Tapping the spoon sideways gives fine control over how full it is.

If I want to make every packet uniform in a batch of dozens, I can scoop out a few dozen doses into 2"x3" Ziplocs very fast. Then I weigh them and set the lightest ones to the right and the heaviest ones to the left. Then I can either dump and re-scoop the ones that are off, or more often use a 1/64th tsp to move small amounts from the heaviest ones to the lightest6 ones until they are close enough to the middle weight.

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