Saving seeds can be as easy as beating a bag with a stick.
That’s one of the methods I used to save a huge quantity of Rainbow Chard seeds (you need a lot to get the rainbow mix in future plantings!).
Last month, one of my Urban Farm Handbook challenges was to save seeds. Since the chard was ready, I decided to snap some pictures and do a little test on different methods.
Here’s what I found:
Now that the seeds are free of their stems, I will spread them out on a large tray for a couple more weeks to continue drying. They had gotten pretty dry on the stems when I pulled up the plants. Then I let them continue to dry on the stems until they were a light brown. But I want them to harden a bit more before I put them in jars to store for the winter.