After getting a copy of Seedswap: The Gardener’s Guide to Saving and Swapping Seeds for Christmas I decided to do some seed saving this year.
I actually forgot I made this resolution until I saw the chives turning to seed a few weeks ago. I picked a few heads off to dry indoors but found they dried much quicker when left on the plant in the sun.
Once the head turns pale and dries out you can clearly see all the seeds and they are ready for harvesting.
I originally planned to be really organised and write the number of seeds collected on the packet, but I gave up at 40 because a) they are tiny tiny seeds and b) I realised I easily had a couple of hundred, if not more. I’m patient but that THAT patient.
Once I’d removed all the dried bits of plant and dirt I wrapped them in kitchen roll and placed them in a sealed jar with rice (for 2 weeks) to remove any remaining moisture. I then packaged them in a sealed bag and paper envelope ready for next year. The seeds that blew onto the ground next to the chive plant have already began to sprout so I’m hoping next year we’ll have lots of chives once I’ve sown these seeds.
Starting to see seeds everywhere…
Now I’m on the lookout, I’m starting to realise seeds are everywhere! I’ve collected a few Honesty seed pods. The papery layer in the middle that creates two chambers for the seeds looks like silk if you remove it in one piece.
I became a bit fascinated with these pods. If you hold them up to the light they are full of veins.
These pansy seeds were gifted to me so the colour of the flowers will be a surprise. They still have alot of drying to do so I’m leaving them in a paper bag for a while before packaging them up.
We had this plant in my garden when I was a kid and I use to sit and squash the big fat seed heads whilst they were still green.
If everything goes to plan and these seeds make it through to next year without any mould, I’ll collect more. Fingers crossed they all germinate in a few months time!