So the seed saving bug was strong on Sunday after the swap!
Pulled up all my Heritage Seed Library carrots, Red Elephant, today for selection. Some are real beauties!
I laid out the 70 or so carrots and then selected the best 32 of the roots for growing on for seed. I could get away with about 20 but more gives them a bigger genetic pool and prevents inbreeding depression. I would have liked to have selected from a bigger group as well but we've eaten quite a few!
These will get planted in a bed in the spring, quite close together, to flower and pollinate each other.
This will hopefully give me plenty of seed for next year's swap and to send back to the heritage seed library, as well as leaving me enough to feed our family next year. Believe me when i say we eat a lot of carrots!
Anyone else saving carrot seed this year?