It’s still summer for a little longer, but some things are already going to seed.
Besides the Damsel herself, that is.
It’s been soooo hot, which often means a short life span in the Plant Kingdom. Take for example, this marigold, that usually would be going strong for at least another month:
The blossoms are already drooping and drying. Time to gather seeds.
Marigolds are practically the easiest plant to gather seeds from. When the blossoms die, they become crispy. Pull the dried flower parts gently from the blossom end, and there’s the seeds.
Make sure they are dry. If not, they may not be mature, plus they can mold during storage for next year, and you don’t want that.
Same thing goes for the other plant the Damsel gathered seeds from today–cilantro.
The little round thingies are seeds (did you know the seeds of the cilantro plant are called coriander?) and in this picture you can kinda see some of them are dry, and some are green. You want the dry ones. Leave the green ones be. They’ll get there.
Rub them from the stems with your thumb. When they’re dry they come right off, ready to be stored or planted immediately. Because there can never be too much cilantro in the world.
You can store seeds in little jars, ziplock baggies, or even *cough* plastic poptop drink mix thingies. Keep them dry and cool and it’s a good idea to label and date them.
Got a favorite plant you like to collect seeds from? Speak right up. No need to raise your hand in Old School.