This is the second installment in my seed saving posts. (The first one here.) This one features the other three varieties of seed I’m attempting to save. Most of them come from our local library’s seed exchange program.
Sunflowers seem like the easiest seed to save. In many ways they are. The only difficulties I came across were preventing the birds from stealing the seeds and keeping the stalks from falling over and breaking. This variety got very tall, much taller than our six foot fence, where I tied some twine to support them. (This variety is Lemon Queen.)
This is what happens when you don’t read descriptions. The difficulty rating on the seeds at the library didn’t have to do with growing them, but rather, with saving them. Parsley is something we have always grown, being an essential herb in any kitchen garden. But I have never once seen it go to seed. Which is why is was in the Advanced drawer. I recently read that it is a biennial so I may not see seeds until next year. I’m still going to keep an eye on them up until our deadline for returning seeds in November. Do you have any experience saving parsley seed? (This variety is Giant of Italy.)
Last fall, an elderly friend of the family gave us a container of bean seeds. Her mother brought them over from Italy well over 80 years ago. Since our specific gifted beans were a little old, many of them didn’t come up and the plants that did make it, we harvested very little from for eating and instead let most of them go to seed. Now we have plenty to plant next year to keep this cycle alive. The variety is unknown so we lovingly call them “Sue Beans.”
Do you save seeds?
I will be back with a free seed inspired printable tomorrow!
PS: I want to do a little shout out that the seeds were donated to our library by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed.