Shirley Bovshow - Seed Harvesting

Shirley Bovshow answers your Fall harvest gardening questions.

Vegetable gardening has become extremely popular and Shirley shares tips on how to start and maintain yours today.


  • Let your pepper mature (go past its prime)
  • Slice open the pepper and scoop out the seeds
  • Place seeds on a paper towel and let dry for 2-3 days
  • Store seeds in canister or envelope
    • Make sure to store in a cool, dry place

Squash & Pumpkin

  • Open your squash or pumpkin and remove the seeds
  • Place seeds under running water to remove stringy material/membrane
  • Let dry
  • Store in canister or envelope

Tomato Sunlight Requirements:

  • Tomatoes need a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight (8hrs would be better)
  • The larger the tomato the more sun you’ll need.
    • Cherry tomatoes will require less sun than beefsteak tomatoes (minimum is still 6 hours of sunlight)

Cover Crops:

  • Check with your local garden center and to select cover crops that are appropriate for your climate
  • Clean out summer garden
  • Loosen the soil with a rake
  • Level it out
  • Sprinkle seeds (follow instructions on the seed packet)
  • Till in seeds with a rake
  • Water
  • Let cover crops grow through winter into spring
  • As it starts to flower, chop it down and let it decay on the soil

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