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Seed Harvest


Almost every excuse is gone now. Canning is over; Christmas is gone; The tax work and paper-work jungle is in order. If I don’t want to start the mending, then…it IS time to winnow and separate the seeds!

I'm cleaning the peas here. The red circle is a silicon splatter-protection cover. The small light hulls catch on the sticky surface while the peas roll down the incline. It saves a lot of lung work to try blowing them off.

I’m cleaning the peas here. The red circle is a silicon splatter-protection cover. The small light hulls catch on the sticky surface while the peas roll down the incline. It saves a lot of lung work to try blowing them off.

This is my exclusive brand of peas since I have cycled them year after year.

The beans that I prefer because they are very long, straight and tender. Long and straight because I have to cut them to can them. I bought them a few years ago and think they were called Tendergreen (?)

The beans that I prefer because they are very long, straight and tender. Long and straight because I have to cut them to can them. I bought them a few years ago and think they were called Tendergreen (?)

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The seeds you get in the store packages aren't fuzzy like the ones you grow. I imagine they get rubbed. It's harder to plants them when they want to stick to each other like burs. The chunk of wood here is to grind them into seeds and chaff.

           Looking into the yellow grocery bag from above you can see me separating the carrot seeds below. It’s work but I get a lot of seed from one carrot that matures to this point. Click on the pictures to enlarge them. The seeds you get in the store packages aren’t fuzzy like the ones you grow. I imagine they get rubbed. It’s harder to plants them when they want to stick to each other like burs. The chunk of wood here is to grind them into seeds and chaff

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3 Responses to “Seed Harvest”

  1. Naomi says:

    How long have you been growing your own carrot seed? I tried it last year and it was a total fail. What variety did you grow?

    • sherry says:

      I tried it 2 years ago off of strangely messed-up nantes carrot seeds. The seeds had grown purple, green, red, yellow carrots beside the traditional orange and that is what pushed me to find my own seeds. It was too late to find some descent seeds for that year so I just tried it by leaving a couple to mature and it worked. So I tried in 2014 and they barely set before the frost. Next year I will be sure they matured enough when I see if they grow or not.
      I usually miss the frosts until about the third week in September. In order to get them far enough they have to be started as early as possible. I’d try your best to seed them in the winter or in a greenhouse. I haven’t had any luck with the winter seeding yet.I think the ground hardens off and won’t let them emerge (??). You only need one carrot plant to make it and you will have more seed than you can imagine.

  2. Naomi says:

    Until I have a good way of storing carrots through the winter, growing carrots from seed will be very difficult.

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