While I did intend to grow parsley for seed last year by overwintering a flat of seedlings through Winter of 2013-2014
Over a dry spell this past season, while I was away, the parsley grown for eating got stressed & went to seed
A bit of a bummer
I eat a LOT of parsley
So lemons out of lemonade, parsley seed in 2014.
it got me to the farmer’s market more often to visit friends.
Here are the two jars of parsley seed soaking for the past two-ish days.
Both have been rinsed three times each.
Good sign that most of the seed has sunk to the bottom
A big thank you to Hudson Valley Seed Library for posting how to do this on their blog.
Check ’em out!
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Gather up the supplies:
Reused ziplock baggies
Batchelor’s Buttons, Dyer’s Coreopsis, Marigold, & Calendula
In addition to the Parsley
Strain the water (don’t save parsley water for germination – it has germination inhibitors)
Say hello & thank you to the seeds
Then in one swoop, knock the seeds out onto a quarter of the paper towel
Fold up into a quarter size, sandwiching the seeds between the paper towel folds
O I forgot to mention to have a small bowl of water nearby
You want to thoroughly wet the paper towel seed sandwich
Into the *labeled* baggie
Home for the next two to three weeks
I repeated the same process for the cool-soaked parsley
Onto the flower seeds!
Beautiful & bizarre
They are relatively large
Follow the same process as the parsley seeds
The marigolds took a little time to process
There’s probably a more efficient way to have done this, but this is how it went down in the kitchen
Little by slow
It’s a very satisfying process
The seeds slide out easily
The seed capsule when dry is slightly translucent
Now for super slo-mo close-up
They are very slim, flat and relatively long seeds
And the one I’ve been putting off
This is only a fraction of what needs to be processed…
Upside is that it smells really fresh
Plus a WHOLE lotta chaff
Which I’m not equipped to deal with
I grow this every year, so investing in the making or purchasing of seed harvest trays would be wise
It’s a generous plant
So 100 seeds will be tested
Last but not least, Batchelor’s Buttons
They are so cute with that tuft of fuzz
Not much seed, so only 20 in the trial
Good night everybody!