It's fortunate I am not a tidy person. 'Cos saving seeds, I am discovering, creates a rather untidy backyard. Apart from sunflowers, I haven't managed to save seeds before. (As well as being messy I am also a bit lazy).
waiting for sunflower seeds to dry
Anyway, I figured that it's about time I pulled my finger out and got organised and started collecting. So I let my silverbeet grow and develop seeds and waited for them to dry. And waited. And waited. And waited. It takes bloody ages for seeds to dry! Or is that just in my backyard?
Silverbeet going to seed
So that little patch sat looking messy and ugly and seedy all through December and January and it still looks like that. I have pulled a few of those seeds off and stored them away but probably loads of them have dropped all over the ground ready to sprout up in spots where I don't want them in a few months. But nevertheless, I do feel a wee bit smug.