Here is one more baby step I just took in my hope to be a better gardener.
I planted some marigold seeds this spring, I got them as a freebie when I signed up for a sample of a cereal.
They grew so tall and bloomed but they were really too big for the pots they were planted in.
Well, it is very hot here and I think they were about through for the summer. Many of the old blooms were brown and dry as the desert.
It occurred to me that there should be a way to save the seeds and replant them next year. So I did search "how to harvest marigold seeds" and found out.
Inside the dry flower are many many seeds, you just pull off the dry petals and the seeds are under the petals.
that is a sandwich bag packed with marigold seeds, all ready for sharing and for planting next spring.
There are 2 kinds of zinnia in my yard that should harvest just about the same way as marigolds.
Our portulaca/moss rose has lots of tiny seeds in their dry buds too. I will harvest them when they get drier.
I looked at the petunias but could not seeds in the dry flowers on them.
Seed harvesting is very frugal - can you imagine how much that many marigold seeds would cost if you bought them in the little pouches?
so, do you any of you harvest seeds and have any advice for me?
and if you want to harvest your own seeds, you might want to do a search to get more details in case I left out something in this post.