Seed saving Chinese Mustard

We’ve grown Chinese Mustard over winter at my mum’s place, these veggies are a tiny little bit bitter when mature, and a bit peppery when young.  I like to use them to make soups with pork and salted eggs.

We’ve been harvesting the outer leaves rather then the whole plant, and the warmer weather in late winter have triggered them to flower.

Chinese Mustard Flowers

Chinese Mustard Flowers

The flowers grew into seedpods and were dried over the last few weeks, I’ve then harvested these seedpods still on their stalks, and put them into a clean polyethylene with lid.

Mustard seed pods in polyethylene box

Mustard seed pods in polyethylene box

The box is very light, and I just pick it up and give it a few shakes every time I walk passed it.  The seed pods splits and the seeds and some of the broken seed pods falls to the bottom of the box.  I then tip them into a small colander in a container with lid, and give that a shake as well.

Mustard Seed pods inside colander

Mustard Seed pods inside colander

Mustard seeds falls to the bottom

Mustard seeds falls to the bottom

The seeds falls to the bottom of the container with the colander catching the broken seedpods and larger chuffs.

Mustard Seeds

Mustard Seeds

The smaller chuffs which fall through with the seeds can be lightly blown away as they’re lighter than the seeds.

The seeds can then be collected into ziplock bags for storage until ready to plant or seed sharing with other gardeners ~~ pods and chuffs can be used as mulch ~

Mustard mulch & seed packets ~

Mustard mulch & seed packets ~

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  1. […] I was satisfied that I’ve got most of the seeds off them in my seed saving exercise I’ve left the bunches of ‘empty’ seed pods in the polyethylene box for a month to […]

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