Sunday, May 20, 2012
Gone to seed
In my garden, the larkspur has gone to seed.
The foliage is browning and the spider mites are moving in. Time to pull 'em up!
The pods are starting to open to scatter the seeds within. Before I pulled up the spent plants, I ran my gloved hand along the stems to collect the pods and seeds.
The seeds are lined up in two neat rows inside each pod. Even the tiniest pod has at least a dozen seeds; the larger pods, three or four dozen.
I then began the task of separating the seeds from the pods. (Those with climate-controlled space and patience can hang the pods in paper or net bags and let the pods open and release the seeds naturally.)
A standard kitchen strainer is helpful in separating the large plant material from the seeds.
The end result is a nice collection of larkspur seeds to keep for planting next year, or passing along to friends (that's how I got my seeds!)
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