It’s been hot here. We had the driest November in recent history. So my garden really didnt stand much of a chance, and ALL my lettuce took the opportunity to bolt.
I told the hubs what was happening and what that meant and why I would be pulling it out and planting more seedlings and he asked a simple question. “Why don’t you save the seed?”.
At first I got all defensive ‘I don’t know? It’s hard and I can buy it?’ But I actually thought about it for more than half a second. Why WASN’T I saving the seed? Why did I have to buy it? Why not allow it to bolt and then start gathering the seeds?
So I culled a few of my duplicates and left one of each, and let it grow and flower. It has reached the stage the seed are ready to fly away. So I went out there today and spent 10 minutes pulling off the dandilion like buds into a different bag for each type.
These are my celtus. All picked and sorted. They have a slightly heavier, almost meatier seed, and are dark black. So this also makes them very easy to sort from the buds and hairs.
Stills its very fiddly. Also don’t do this and then sigh heavily. If I spill water on my keyboard I will be growing lettuce between the keys.
It took about an hour to separate out the three batches of seeds. I saved about $12. But I don’t know if that was the motivation.
It almost felt powerful. From one seed, I now have 100+ seeds, which could be exponential in the amount of seeds I can have when I collect them.
Also that is COMPLETELY the point of heirloom vegetables. Seed saving. Seed saving, seed swapping, seed trading or seed gifting. Sharing these varieties of seeds so they live on for further generations.
And the amount I picked compared to what is still left on my bolts is astounding in my mind. If I picked it all, and grew it all, and bolted it all, and kept going, it would be a universe of lettuce seeds.
Either way, I don’t plan to stop with my lettuces. I think the only trouble I will have is with some varieties of tomatoes that don’t seed much. Or my root crops. But the universe is the limit!