New Youtube Worm Bin demonstration

An Easy Way to Collect Seeds

Collecting seedsThis simple method of capturing seeds will work well with many flowering plants (especially those which produce a flowering “stalk”). In this picture, I am holding the mature stalks from just one broccoli plant. After the plant flowers, I just wait until the seed pods are nice and full, and a few of them have started to fall off – and then I know that they are ready to harvest. 

I then cut the stalks off, place into a paper bag, and store in a dry place where bugs and other critters can’t contaminate them. The pods will dry out and open and then the seeds will just fall out into the bottom. You then just remove the stalks, and “voila” you have a bag with plenty of free seeds. If you are then going to utilize the seeds for consumption purposes, you will need to later separate them from some of the chaff and clean them.

With so many seeds now becoming hard to find and rather expensive, this may well be worth the effort. I have plenty of broccoli stalks that I will harvest in this manner and I will save some for replanting in the fall – and others I will use for making broccoli sprouts. Be sure not to miss my blog on the health benefits of broccoli sprouts!

2 Responses to “An Easy Way to Collect Seeds”

  • Thank you for posting this. Would you believe it is the one and only subject that I cannot even find a video for on YouTube! LOL!

  • Pink Muslimah:

    Thank you so much! I thought for certain that I had messed something up. This is my first year really collectng seeds, so I just don’t have much experience. For things like tomatoes and squash, it was easy. I’ve seen those seeds before, and it’s not that difficult to feel my way through the process of harvesting them. It was also my first time doing lettuce, but how difficult can it be to let it bolt? And once I saw it starting to look like milkweed, I just figured that the process would go along like milkweed does when it makes seeds. But then this lettuce relative makes flowers, the flowers fall off, and…no fruit? What to do, what to do? I messed up! I did something wrong! Seeing the picture that you posted reassured me: those funny looking things are where the seeds are! :) )

    Now, my own worry is my biennials and that stupid cabbage. I haven’t the slightest idea of what the bolting process is for a cabbage.

Leave a Reply