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Q: I’ve got all this fennel, so much so I couldn’t keep up with it this year. It’s begun flowering and I wonder if I can capture the seeds? Any tips on saving fennel seeds?
-Starr, San Diego Organic Mom & Gardener
Garden Eats: We have a ton of fennel this year as well in the Cali backyard. I’ve affectionately named it the Fennel Forest because it’s taking up so much of my hillside.
It’s not quite time to get those seeds yet, but here’s some tips for you:
- Wait for the flowers to dry a-top the plant. They will appear a dry-ish brown gray.
- Cut the section of the plant containing the flower approximately five inches from the head.
- Gently shake the seeds from the flower over a paper bag or bowl.
- Wrap seeds tightly and label in a paper bag.
- Freeze seeds for planting or use seeds to cook with!
Trick I Love!
If you have a lot of seeds, throw a couple handfuls in your Vitamix and grind down to a powder. Add these to your vacuum cleaner bag or sprinkle along the rug and vacuum up for a freshly scented pick me up at home!
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