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Saving Tomato Seeds

If you grow heirloom or non-hybrid tomatoes, it's easy to save seeds for next year's crop.

Just cut open a ripe tomato, scoop out the seeds and gel, and then put the mixture in a glass jar with some water. Cover the jar using a paper towel and a rubberband, and then set it aside. The mixture may produce an odor as it begins to ferment.

Within five days, the seeds should sink to the bottom of the jar. Skim off any surface mold and then pour the mixture into a strainer. Rinse the seeds well and spread them on a paper plate to air dry.

Once they're completely dry, store the seeds in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Now you have a head start on next year's garden.

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