I've been drying out a leek seed head from one of my Heritage leeks 'Colossal'.
Not many of this variety around nowadays, in fact, it is in need of preservation at the Heritage Seed Library
. I love letting leeks go on for a second year, and when they flower the bees just love them! I love to let quite a few veggies go to flower to encourage the pollinating insects, and all of the onion family are a favourite.
So I cut this seed head just before I left my old garden and brought it home with me to dry out thoroughly.
You can see that each little flower on the head dries to a seed pod which contains 3 or 4 tiny little black seeds.
Now I understand why some seed is just so expensive! In this case I can't think of a mechanical way to separate the chaff from the seed. Since most commercial seed sold in the UK is grown and produced abroad (mostly China) I assume they employ cheap labour to do what I spent yesterday afternoon doing!
So I have quite a good quantity of this 'Colossal' heritage leek
seed to give away. It needs sharing so this old variety is not lost forever. It is a brilliant, healthy leek that stands well over Autumn and Winter. If you want some seed, then please contact me via email giving me your name and address and I will send you some!