Part of the harvest isn’t just fruits and vegetables. It is seeds as well. These seeds are the foundation for next year, and first we must save, then we must eat. It is a dire circumstance indeed when we don’t have enough to lay by for next year, and have to eat out seed stock. Fortunately this year we have plenty to save and plenty to eat.
Today was the day to remove the cilantro from January and thresh out its seeds for next year. I originally had left the whole row in place to mature, but I found that cilantro takes a long time to dry and I needed the space. So I trimmed out all but one. It turned out to be a good move, one plant gave me all the seed I can use for sowing and for cooking.
When it came time to thresh, I used my good ‘ol Stone Age seed beater for the job. I whacked the heck outta that dried plant until the seeds fell to the table. It worked pretty well, although I did need to finish off the inside of the dried plant with my hands. At the end of it all, I netted a half of a brown lunch bag of seeds. Not a bad return from one starter seed in the first place.
I am happily building up my seed collection for 2012. So far, we have lettuce, beans, and cilantro, and hope to add tomato, bok choy, zucchini, pumpkin, peter peppers, and sweet peas. It will be the first true generation of SSA plants, and that’s pretty special.