COL­LECT SEEDS FROM BI­EN­NIAL PLANTS

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS GARDENING -

Bi­en­nial veg­eta­bles and flow­ers that have fin­ished their dis­plays and are pre­sent­ing dried seeds can be har­vested now. Parsnips, car­rots, cel­ery, alexan­ders, Queen Anne’s lace (Dau­cus carota) and peren­ni­als such as par­cel, lo­vage and fen­nel all have an um­brella-shaped flower struc­ture that makes col­lect­ing and dry­ing out their seeds easy.

Pick the seeds into a bowl and bring them in­side for a fi­nal dry­ing in the shade and out of the wind. Aim to do this when the day has warmed up and dried the seeds nat­u­rally and there will be few prob­lems with stor­age. Fun­gus can grow where seeds are still a lit­tle damp and that can spoil the col­lec­tion.

Once the un­nec­es­sary bits and pieces have been re­moved, the clean and dry seed can be stored in la­belled jars and kept some­where dry and dark.

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