Friday, October 9, 2009

Harvesting seeds now for Spring planting

After posting yesterday about "putting my garden to bed" for the winter and getting it ready for next spring. I thought I would share just a few tidbits on what I am up to in my flowers as well.
Call me crazy, but there is something I love this time of year about collecting seeds!! There are a host of plants annuals and perennials alike that you can harvest seeds from now to plant next spring. Here are a few I harvest from my yard zinnias, mallows, hollyhocks, cosmos, sunflowers, columbine, cone flowers, and morning glories. I know there are MANY more flowers that can be harvested, but I just wanted to give you a few. I just wanted to make you aware in case you had not clue this was even possible. I know when I was first getting started in my LOVE OF FLOWERS I had no clue!! Someone had to tell me, so now I am telling you..that's how all good things are passed down, right?

I thought maybe an illustration might be helpful..
Here is what my morning glories look like after they are done flowering, but they are not ready to harvest yet. Notice the white color and they are firm feeling.
Here are some that are ready to be harvested. They look brown, dried, and crumbly to the touch.
Here is Julia helping me harvest some seeds. We just squeeze the "brown part" into the bag. I really love that my kids love to help me harvesting so much...
I love the one on one time I get to enjoy with them as each one of them takes turns helping me. I love those teachable moments we share together outside as we enjoy God's creation.
I love that I serve a GOD that LOVES us enough to care about the details.
Not only did he make every flower so different, the way the petals are shaped, the color, and the fragrance is different for each one. GOD loves us enough to make things so wonderful for us to enjoy.


Is anyone else collecting seeds? If so, share which ones you like to harvest.


Mildred said...

Excellent Post!
These tips are sure to be put to use!

Mary Ann said...

Thank you so much for this great post. I harvest my pumpkin, watermelon, and cantelope seeds. Next year, I will try the flower seeds!! Thanks again.

Flat Creek Farm said...

Great post! I needed this reminder, and you have given an excellent tutorial on this topic. Thanks for the blog visit. I can see there is much to see and learn here also, so I'm going to follow along! I do love that header & button too. Super nice blog, and what a beautiful family you are!! -Tammy

Nicole said...

Oooh, I loved this post. Thanks. And I think I might start harvesting. Hmmm..that is, after I plant a garden. And flowers. ;)

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