Spring is one of our favorite times at our home garden. It’s time to start tidying up the outdoor areas and looking for treasures! What we're looking for are seed pods with bundles or packet of seeds that’s ready to be harvested.
We are casual seed collectors meaning that we collect seeds from our front and back yards or on walks. We find seeds on the ground, in the dirt, and many other areas around San Mateo. Because of the way we are collecting and finding seeds, it’s not a problem if the seeds don't grow, we just try again. The great thing is that it's free. I can’t begin to tell you how much money I have wasted on purchasing seed or seedling packets which fail to sprout or grow into mature plants.
Over the years, some of our collected seed plants have grown to be sizable beauties.
This maple tree, with its leafs about to sprout, was once a seed that we had gathered. This was the seed that began our collecting and sowing hobby!
Every year it rewards us as it grows and presents us with its delicate foliage and vivid changes in the color during the spring and autumn.
We have since harvested and sowed seeds from outdoor and indoor plants, trees, and vines. Most of the time, we just scatter the seeds into the bald spots of our garden to spread more variety and color throughout the garden beds. Some we sow in pots with intention to make a featured potted plant!
Overall, growing and sowing seeds has become something very enjoyable for us. Being able to witness and see the growth of seeds and plants throughout the seasons is a beautiful thing. It gets us outdoors, in the sun, and away from our phones and technology.
So, go outside, have fun, and grow a tree!