What is rather more unknown territory is seed saving from other types of veg. So this season, I have let one of my radishes sprout a big old flower stem in order to let it go to seed and collect the seeds.
It's been quite a surprise, and I've learnt a lot:
- firstly, given that radish goes from a seed sown to eating a radish in about 6 weeks, the whole going to seed business has taken AGES - over 4 months from flowering plant to seed pod gathering.
- Also, a radish grows into quite a sizable bush - certainly 2'-3' in diameter.
- I found that the bees and all manner of insect love the little white flowers, and have been all over it all during the summer.
- The flowers lead to pods, which I think are edible - although I missed a trick there and didn't think to try them.
- And finally, you don't get many radish seeds to a pod, and they are really fiddly to extract from the papery membrane inside.
Given that radish seeds are about 29p for a packet of 1,000, I don't think that I'll be doing this particular plant experiment again, but I've learnt plenty, and that's my Challenge done!