Sep 20, 2015

Saving Carrot Seed

Carrots are a Biennial plant which means that in the first year they will produce leaves and a root and on the second year they will flower and go to seed. My carrots have finally gone to seed and are ready to harvest.
Here is a close up shot of the seed heads....They kind of look like hairy little bugs!
The seed heads are loaded and I am surprised at how many seeds are on one umbel.
The seeds are easy to harvest by shaking and gently rubbing from the umbel.  Watch out for earwigs though...I found a few while harvesting my seeds!
Looks like I will have plenty of carrot seed for  next years garden and the seeds are good for 3 years. 

Next step is to sieve the seeds  and rub the tiny hairs away with rubber gloves to make planting easier. 

Sep 3, 2015

Saving Sunny Seeds


Saving seeds from my beautiful Sunflowers, as the last days of Summer come to an end!



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