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What’s new on the Plot: saving seed!

This year, in part because of the blogging incentive, I’ve tried to do some new things on the allotment.

We’ve been growing vegetables etc for around eight years. Every year there’s successes with different crops so we’ve always finished the allotment year feeling pleased.

New Stuff

One crop that was important to us was parsnip. It’s hard to get here and expensive. We’ve grown it well on a few years. This year following a successful, if knobby, crop I decided to try something new. Parsnip seed is notoriously fragile. It’s always described as such and seeds don’t last very long. It’s recommended that you buy new seeds each year. So I had an idea.


How about we save some seed from this crop? The parsnip sets seeds in its second year so we let some stay in the ground all winter. They flowered and set seeds a few weeks ago.


And today I cut some of the umbels so that I could put them in a brown bag and allow them to dry into a bag.




5 comments on “What’s new on the Plot: saving seed!

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    July 30, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:


  2. Jem
    July 30, 2014

    Part of my aim is to use a lot of open pollinated crops so I can reseed each year. I wonder if I can get parsnip seeds here, they are rarely available in the shops.


    • lizard100
      July 30, 2014

      Where do you live? I could send you some


      • Jem
        July 30, 2014

        South Africa, we have very strict controls about bringing things into the country. Someone has recently started importing Franchi Sementi seeds, hopefully they will have some. 🙂


  3. mjh333
    July 30, 2014

    Thats great I need to chop some of mine and start my own seeds. Never really know when to very amateur in the allotment, i’ll have to do some reading. Thanks


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