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Seed savers

Even though we are officially in autumn and sadly on the wrong (in my opinion) side of the equinox, a walk around the garden today with my camera reminded me there is still lots of wonderful things out there to admire.

Opium poppy seeds heads

Opium poppy seeds heads

It’s just wonderful how many different ways plants package seeds for the coming of spring.

Dandelion seed head

Dandelion seed head

The yellow petals of the sunflower may be gone but who is to say those seeds don’t look just as interesting as the flower and I know they will certainly be attracting some birds in the near future.

Sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds

It also acts as a reminder to us gardeners that it is a good time to save some seed for next year. This week I have been drying some of those miniature pepper seeds and some courgette seeds (okay this was a well overgrown courgette / marrow). It’s a simple process. Just scoop out the seeds, removing any of the vegetable flesh and leave to dry on a window sill. Then store in labelled envelopes in a cool place ready for planting in the spring. This year I have had great crops of both parsnips and little gem squashes from seed I save last year. I find it very rewarding.

Courgette seeds drying

Courgette seeds drying