How to collect your seeds
1 Leave seeds, seed-heads and pods to mature on the plant. Seeds
will begin to look and feel dry and then will be ready to save. Seeds from fruits
need to be taken when overripe. Be careful to pick seeds off before they look like
they are ready to fall or split open naturally. If pods do "burst" or seeds fall,
then save the seed!
2 Dry the seeds by putting them on a paper towel or in a paper
bag in a warm, dry place. A sunny windowsill is ideal. Spread the seeds out. Do not
use a plastic bag or leave the seeds wet as the pod will not dry out and the seeds
3 When the seeds are dry and feel "crispy", they are ready to
move. Keep the seeds in pods in the paper bag as the pod will split when the time
is right. The paper bag will ensure that you don't lose any seeds.
4 Fill out the labels on your Foxton Seedy Sunday collection
envelopes with as much information about the plant as you know (such as colour, size
or sun requirements) and then carefully decant the seeds. If you have loads of a particular
type of seed, divide them up into different labelled envelopes. You can use ordinary
paper envelopes if you run out of your Foxton Seedy Sunday ones as long as you make
sure they are sealed properly.
5 Keep the envelopes in a cool, dry place until Foxton Seedy
Sunday on Sunday 6 March 2011 when you can come along and swap them for other plant
seeds for your garden. Just don't forget where you have put your seeds!