Surprisingly, a bit later on I actually remembered that this was a task that needed doing and so I had a quick look at the Real Seed Catalogue instructions for saving cucumber seed and got together everything I needed: cucumber, sharp knife, spoon and a jar with a lid.
Now the jar is sitting on my kitchen worktop where it will remain for the next couple of days. Apparently the bad seed is full of air and rises to the surface, whilst the good, heavier seed sinks. In a couple of days time I will need to drain off the top half of the water and the bad seed that is sitting there and then refill the jar with water and repeat the process.
Eventually, after a few emptying and refilling stages, I should end up with just the heavier good seed and I will then be able to drain that off, leave it to dry on some kitchen towel or newspaper before letting it dry out completely ready for storage. Fingers crossed that I get some good seed from this one.
I have another tiny cucumber which I am allowing to go ‘over ripe’. This second, much smaller specimen was from one of the outside plants and I’m hoping that I can save some good seed from this one as well, to use for outdoor plants next season. Any seed from this particular cucumber should already be one step more adjusted to outdoor living than the original seed the parent plant was grown from. At least, I think that’s how it works ……….
Part 2 of the seed saving process can be found here.