It’s early September and my garden is definitely passed it’s prime. Part of that can be blamed on the out of the ordinary hot summer we had, and part to my neglecting to water like I should have. The purple coneflowers, and black-eyed susan has gone to seed, and are waiting to be cut back. This is what I usually do, but this year, I have decided to harvest and dry some of those seeds to create my own custom blend for the birds. We have a lot of birdfeeders, and a lot of HUNGRY birds, so I will probably be able to supplement the feed we purchase.
Flowers that are good for seed saving include:
And black-eyed susan, but any seed bearing flower can be used.
It’s easy to dry seeds. Just cut the seed heads off the flower and hang upside down to dry. You can also place a paper bag over the head and hang upside down. After a few weeks they should be ready. Be sure they are completely dry before storing, or they may mold.
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*Bird on sunflower photo via www.Dreamstime.com