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Winter and spring crops are going to seed.  Broccoli, quinoa, arugula, and chard seeds have been harvested and are drying, but romaine lettuce, parsley and orach seeds are still maturing.

Parsley flowers and seed heads

Orach seeds in individual pods

Fluffy Romaine seeds

Which crops are you saving seed from this year?

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Comment by Charlene Caron on June 28, 2014 at 8:44pm

If you have extra seeds, please share the wealth with the vpa seed library donations are always welcome, come in and exchange your seeds for more free seeds!  

Comment by Jeff Reich and Farraday Newsome on June 21, 2014 at 6:38am

We save lettuce seed too - red romaine, black-seeded simpson, and red oak leaf. Also, lacinato kale, collards swiss chard, basil, arugula, and others. The biggest surprise and treat this year was letting the radicchio (red treviso) go to seed this year - the flowers are really pretty, like large purple aster flowers, not like lettuce at all. We love that letting so much go to flower brings in lots of native bee types as well as non-native honeybees.

Comment by MaryMcP on June 21, 2014 at 4:54am

Wow!  Nice pictures.  What is orach?  I've saved lots of dill seed, bachelor buttons, broccoli and Thai basil.

Comment by De Ann on June 20, 2014 at 12:08pm

I love watching plants seed!  I have lettuce ( just beginning to dry) and basil (already making new seedlings)  and  I saved all my cilantro seeds (coriander) a month ago.  Several of my annual flowers have dropped seed and are starting on a second generation of prettiness. I am hoping to save my melon and squash seeds, pending they mature, and I might try saving tomato seeds this year... if I feel brave. I might just let a few rot in the bed and see what happens.  Volunteers are wonderful  :-)

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