Ask Our Experts

Answers to your questions about gardening, energy, homesteading and other sustainable living topics.

Add to My MSN

Seed Sieves for Seed Saving

7/9/2012 11:05:00 AM

Tags: seed saving, seed sieves

Seed SievesThis year I want to harvest and save as many seeds as possible from my garden. Where can I find a quality seed sieve that doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg? 

For small-scale seed saving, you don’t really need a special seed sieve. Just use your fingers to remove most of the chaff, then pour what’s left into a large pan and let a soft breeze carry away the remaining chaff. For some seeds, your kitchen colander may be helpful as a sieve.

If you decide to invest in seed sieves to process seeds of various sizes, consider the combo sieve sold by Fedco Seeds, shown here. The Soil and Seed Sieve Set — a 12-inch-diameter stainless steel frame with three interchangeable screens of various mesh sizes — can be used for cleaning seeds and screening compost. The set sells for $28.

Another source is , which sells wood-framed screens of different sizes for $46.95 each.

— Vicki Mattern, Contributing Editor 

Photo by Nate Skow 


Vicki Mattern is a contributing editor for MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine, book editor and freelance magazine writer. She has edited or co-authored seven books on gardening, and lives and works from her home in northwestern Montana. You can find Vicki on Google+.



Related Content

How Can I Save Cucumber Seeds?

A long-time gardener describes the seed-saving technique for cucumbers.

Compost: The Trash That Is Really Treasure

Simran Sethi learns how to compost the right way and explores her composting options.

Homesteading is a Messy Game

Cam describes how the seasons progress through one messy task after another at Sunflower Farm.

How to Save Seeds From Dry-Seeded Crops

How you harvest and save seeds depends on whether a crop is dry-seeded or wet-seeded. Here are the s...

Content Tools




Post a comment below.

 







Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.