Gallery: Seed-Saving Part 2: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large See...

 
To save cucumber and melon seeds from your own garden plants, leave a couple on the stalks, elevated from the earth by a couple of bricks or rocks so they get air circulation around them. A couple of weeks after they've become ripe enough to pick, their skins will have thickened and hardened significantly and the seeds within will have matured exponentially. The pips within will be far more likely to bear fruit once planted. Just rub the seeds gently with a cloth to remove the gel membrane around them, and dry them as you would squash seeds.

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