Fall has fallen and along with harvesting squash and beans onions, readying the garden for winter it's time we think about saving seeds from some of the plants we are growing. We save seed for a variety of reasons. Some seed just saves itself like the ornamental amaranth that has seeded itself all over the place. We call it feral amaranth. This time of year when most of the flowers are over with we can still harvest beautiful big stalks of it. And the birds love the seeds. So all summer we weed around as much of it as we can.
Sometimes there is an unusual plant that crops up in a planting. This year there's a gorgeous hot pink/purple chard that I'd love to grow more of. Because chard is wind pollinated and we want to save seed from our regular strain I'm going to see if a friend will let me transplant the purple chard to her garden to keep it from cross pollinating with any other beet or chard.