This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, September 17, 2007

dill seeds

dill seeds
Time for seed collecting. I have some little plastic baggies I'm saving them in. So far I've collected: morning glories, watermelon, Capucijner peas, three types of beans, garlic cloves and several types of wildflowers seeds. I have a few rows of lettuce that are starting to bloom now and I'll see if I can find their seeds later.

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Anonymous Patrick said...

I've never saved seeds from lettuce before, and I tried this too this year, in pots on my roof. I really underestimated how big both the tops and roots of the plants would get, and there wasn't enough dirt in the pots. They got huge! I don't think I'm going to be able to get any seeds, but we'll see.

Ashleigh at My Dutch Garden, said she tried to do the same thing at her community garden plot. She said the plants got taller than her, and she started getting heckled by her neighbors, so she got rid of the plants.

If you get any seeds, you may be the only one of the three of us...

September 18, 2007 3:53 PM

Blogger carletongardener said...

Well its like a challenge now to collect some lettuce seeds. I have a few leftover Natacha escarole plants and a row of romaine that bolted immediately after it sprouted. I'll see what happens with them.

September 18, 2007 9:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's yet another picture of yours that I love! You can feel the wind blowing and fall approaching. I am addicted to seed collecting although in my case it is usually wildflowers. Some years I have had excellent luck with how they take and others are dissapointing. Must be something subtle (or not)that is beyond by casual approach. I enjoy your blog alot.

September 21, 2007 2:38 AM

Blogger Tyra in Vaxholm said...

I love collecting seeds. It's something magical about seeds. This year unfortunately a mouse got in to my greenhouse an ate most of them, he/she especially looooved the dill.:) ....happens

September 22, 2007 1:56 AM

Blogger carletongardener said...

These days when I go for a walk, I end up with my pockets full of seeds. Tansy, goldenrod, evening primrose, etc. They're common wildflowers (weeds), but I'm thinking they would look nice in my backyard next year. There is definitely something magical and addictive about collecting seeds.

For the wildflowers, I am planning to try the winter sowing method from A Gardening Year. It sounds like it works well.

September 22, 2007 12:00 PM


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