I haven't ever saved brassica seed @ducks4you. But, what I have read about it is that it's a cross-pollinating veggie, so you have to grow only one from that species or they'll cross (Brassica rapa). I think for this reason, canola can be an issue (if it's grown in your area) for saving turnip seed. In my area many brassicas take 2 years to make seed as well. When it goes to seed for you, as far as I know, you cut the tall stalk down, lay it to completely dry in a sheltered place, and then thresh it out. Apparently pillowcases work great.Any advice for saving turnip seeds?
Not to mention that planting currant-type tomatoes in a pot restrains their wild nature. "Indeterminate" in their case is an understatement. I am growing a similar variety this year (an orange-fruited cultivar given to me with the erroneous name of Solanum sponteneum) under the same conditions - a pot in an isolated location. Planted in the ground, it would become a monster. I gave one to a friend several years ago, who planted it in the ground & trained it up strings attached to the neighbor's 6-foot wooden fence. She said the neighbor enjoyed picking from the vines which drooped over the other side.'Spoon' tomato, a bit of a wild variety. I have a love of these pea/currant types; they may be tiny, but the flavour is usually off the charts. Nice and strong taste, with a good sweet & tart balance. And they tend to make tomatoes by the hundreds (not to mention all the seeds they make!). Keeping this guy a bit off on his own, as I've found the promiscuity with the wild types is, unfortunately, quite high.
We've had 3 good rains in the last week or so, and the garden plants have really jumped as a result. It helps too that the unusual heat wave we went through has subsided. Very enjoyable temperatures have begun. The flea beetles that were around seem to have finally disappeared, likely as the plants are not quite so stressed. It is nice to have a little break from watering, and see the plants flourish with their preferred source of water.
Older bean plant foliage pierced with flea beetle damage, but thankfully new growth after these rains has been fine.
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Any advice for saving turnip seeds?
That's it ... except for the pillowcase .When it goes to seed for you, as far as I know, you cut the tall stalk down, lay it to completely dry in a sheltered place, and then thresh it out. Apparently pillowcases work great.
That's it ... except for the pillowcase .
After they have dried under cover - lay them out on a tarp. Tapping them with a board or walking on the pods will break them open. Try to separate out the straw, get everything in a bucket, climb to the top of a ladder, and dump everything back down on the tarp on the ground on a breezy day.
Do that several times and your seed will be fairly clean - the trash will blow away. (I find it best to mow the lawn after I've scattered chaff all over the grass .)