Country Living (UK) - - Gardening -

The time to har­vest is when the seed heads have turned brown and the seeds have gone hard. You need them to be as ripe as pos­si­ble but, equally, to catch them be­fore they burst, so check of­ten. Choose a fine, dry day and, us­ing sharp scis­sors or se­ca­teurs, snip off the seed heads, plac­ing them in a pa­per bag or en­ve­lope to avoid any fun­gal prob­lems that might arise with a plas­tic bag or con­tainer. Carry a marker pen and scrib­ble the name of the plant onto the bag as you gather, as it’s easier than you might think to get seed stocks mixed up. If you don’t have enough time to sort out your seeds straight­away, leave the bags in a cool, airy place un­til you can sift through them.

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