Saving Seeds from Biennial Plants

Saving Seeds from Biennial Plants

Crops like carrots, parsnips, kale and salsify are biennials – which means they take two years to finish their life cycle; and thus, two years to make seeds. Which means the vegetation need to survive the winter to provide you seeds, which might be problematic in some rising zones, and beneath sure situations. On this video I present how I be sure that these vegetation make it via the winter, and another issues that you simply would possibly discover helpful.

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15 thoughts on “Saving Seeds from Biennial Plants

  1. Thanks Greg, I didn’t think about lifting my carrots and moving them. Left four Bolero for seed. First time trying to save seed so will have to research how to protect flower as it seeds because I’m surrounded with Queen Anne’s Lace. BTW, I just picked up forty bags of leaves within one block of home in last two days. Sold my truck a year ago, so used my beautiful Polar cart as my new « truck ». 7 bags per trip!!!

  2. We've had good success with carrots and brassicas surviving the winter and we're in zone 5. We have a good microclimate and some protection from the wind, so we let the plants darwin themselves off for the winter so they will be better acclimated in future seasons~

  3. Hello Greg, I didn’t know kale was a biennial. In the last couple of years that I been gardening edibles, I just noticed new plants forming on the trunk of my Dino kale and purple tree collards and I would just take clones and stared new plants before the very hot 🥵 summer came just in case they wouldn’t make it thru the hot season.
    I’m going to save one of my Dino and see if I can get it to bloom. It would be nice to see it bloom and save its seeds.
    Thank you for sharing, take care.😉

  4. Some seeds are such a pain to harvest (radishes!) that while I've done this, and I have little containers of, as you say, thousands of seeds of carrots and turnips and lettuce, I'm more appreciative of the clean, easy seed that comes from seed companies for really not much money at all. It's similar to when I made my first pine needle basket and thought "man, these things should cost $250 each!" lol. Economies of scale, I guess. : )

  5. That's a great idea putting everything in one bed like that. I never want to let the bi-annuals go because it takes up space in my main beds where I want to plant the following year but putting them all in a corner someplace might work well for me. Thanks!

  6. Very good information you provide to your viewers. You keep things simple. I'm in a 4a & 3b growing zone in Northeastern Ontario.
    Yes some plants absolutely cannot tolerate being encased in solid ice.
    I agree, the seeds you want are from plants that are tenacious and just decide to grow somewhere. Good tough ones 👍 😊
    Good idea with that dome and the hay.
    Beautiful blueberry bush. Similar color to a Firebush.
    Thanks 😊 👍

  7. I notice all your gardens have a beautiful loose bed. My beds have good home compost and a lot of leaves,grass clippings etc on them. Can you explain why it seems to be somewhat wetter than yours. Thanks for the videos…You are a great inspiration.

  8. I'm interested in your paths, is there a video where you discuss switching from woodchips/ mulch to sand? I think yours might be the only garden I've seen with sand paths, most seem to have either grass or mulch.

  9. I really like how you make use of little spaces by creating little beds to fit into the space available. I do that a little too. I find those oddball shaped and sized beds very handy for small unplanned for experiments like the ones you do. Not everything has to be regimented and conform. Being flexible about conditions is where the good ideas come from.

  10. I missed pulling a couple of beets a few carrots and a few onions last year and this year I was able to collect seeds from them. Did not do it on purpose but I will take it lol.

  11. We had some "genius " elected officials in the USA that tried to prevent stores from selling seeds this year. They said home gardens were nonessential and during lockdown, it was unsafe to be outside. Thank god that wasnt in my area.

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