COLLECT SEEDS FROM BIENNIAL PLANTS
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.