Permaculture in Action

Friday, January 18, 2013

Seed Saving - Tomatoes

While making passata this week, I saved the seeds from the best Romas, for planting next year.

 After cutting in half, scoop out the seeds and the pulp.Tomatoes like to go though alittle ferment in their pulp to activate germination just like in the compost heap. And we all know how much tomatoes like to grow in compost heaps!

Place the seeds and pulp in a jar with a little water and place on the windowsill. Give it a little shake whenever you're passing and after a few days drain off the liquid and pour in fresh water. Leave this for a day and then strain and leave to dry on some muslin ( or something absorbant).

 Once dry place in envelope or jar and label with type of tomato and the date. Store in airtight, dry place. We have a box made from coolroom panels which does the trick.

I will do the same for the Tommytoes and the Brandywines. These are the types of tomatoes that grow well here, as they are least susceptible to fruit fly, because of their tougher skins.


  1. I have seeds everywhere and I really must come up with a way of storing them better. Right now most of our seeds go into a freezer until planting time, and you would think as much as I love lists that I would have all the different kinds written down...huh, well I don't! Must really fix this soon.
    Have a great weekend.

  2. Great directions and photographs!

  3. Thanks for sharing this Kate. Yes I've got tomatoes growing everywhere as a result of my compost!