The sweet peas have been fantastic this year. The flowers seems to have gone on and on.
Some of the flowers are coming toward an end now, but they have produced huge number of seeds pods. So now is the time to think about gathering a few seeds for next years flowers.
I tend to wait for the pods to turn brown on the plant and dry off before collecting them.
A few seed pods have already opened and spread their seeds, hopefully for another marvelous show next year.
Do be careful when you pull or cut the pods from the plant as they often spring open and throw their seeds everywhere – just as nature intended.
Once I have gathered a good handful of dried pods I take them to a workbench or better still, a potting tray. I push a fingernail or the tip of a small knife into the seem running down the length of the seed pod. Again, being careful to keep hold of the pod to stop the seeds springing out everywhere.
Then just collect the seeds up and slip them into a brown envelope, label and pop them away in a dark, dry place ready for sowing.
For sowing, please see my post on sowing sweet pea seeds.