Thursday, July 08, 2004

Radish Seeds

So, this may seem silly, but as I was weeding the garden today I was thinking about the plants I have growing in there and how to harvest the seeds. A lot of things have the seed right there in the fruit/vegetable. Take tomatoes for example, or pumpkin -- both have easy access to seed inside the produce. But when you slice open a radish, there are no seeds.

Ok - I'm not garden illiterate and I know that if you let the radishes go long enough they will flower ("go to seed"). But I wasn't thinking that right away. But is it easy to harvest the seed. So, I had to go online and check it out. Here's what I found:
http://www.beeculture.com/beeculture/book/chap6/radish.html

So - maybe I'll let a couple plants go to seed just so I can check out the pods. But do I really need to harvest the seeds when it only cost 10 cents for a pack of seeds at Wal-Mart or Big Lots.

I have even bought some of the more expensive packets and they don't produce any better and you just waste your money faster when the seeds are drowned out. I guess I could see buying the more expensive brands if you want a particular variety or some lesser know veggie.

So - now what about lettuce. Does that get flowers and go to seed? I read a post online about varities of lettuce that self-seed. Wouldn't that be nice if every veggie did that. I wouldn't have to till up the whole thing anymore.

3 comments:

Trudy said...

I have found that gardenweb.com is a useful tool for gardening questions. I've posted a couple of pages here that may be helpful.
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/seedsave/msg031048096340.html
http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/exseed/1998060657028456.html
Good luck with your seed saving. I'm going to try some winter sowing this year if I have the time this fall.

Mean Dr. Lily said...

Jessica, I love you.

But that was the most boring blog entry in the history of the internet.

We need to go out and do illegal things this weekend so you have a few stories to tell.

Oh -- imagine how exciting your blog would be if you could tell stories about you and your husband having sex with lots of different women!

Yay!

Lame Shrill Owl said...

I am sorry if I bore you -- but I guess maybe that is a part of who I am -- and you wouldn't love me if I would any different. Now - Mr. I am going to terrorize others' blogs as a hobby - why don't you start your own and we'll see what kind of witty humor you can spread around the net.