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Post  Patty from Yorktown on 7/28/2010, 8:50 pm

One of my summer goals has been to learn to save seeds. I am doing alright with cucumbers, a few herbs, beans, peas, some lettuce, a few flowers and a weird berry. I am stuck on how do I clean basil seeds. I have the seeds dry and mostly off the stems. I have run them through my kitchen strainer a few times to remove loose, dry plant matter. It is not enough. I have tried blowing on the seeds, but I seem to also be blowing away the seeds. I would like to trade some of my seeds, but right now they are too messy. Please send some suggestions my way. Thanks.

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Post  Chopper on 7/29/2010, 3:39 pm

Is the matter loose or part of the seed? You could try a cardboard box top at an angle and let the heavy stuff roll down as you move it with a ruler or something. Won't tell you how I learned that and I am not sure if the debris or the seeds are heavier for basil.
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Post  camprn on 7/29/2010, 3:46 pm

@Chopper wrote:Is the matter loose or part of the seed? You could try a cardboard box top at an angle and let the heavy stuff roll down as you move it with a ruler or something. Won't tell you how I learned that and I am not sure if the debris or the seeds are heavier for basil.
+1 help with basil seed cleaning Suspect LOL. Or you could live with the small amount of plant debris in the bunch of seeds, Basil seed is so small that it may be difficult to do otherwise.
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Post  Patty from Yorktown on 7/29/2010, 7:01 pm

Hi,
Thanks for the help. The web site gave two things to try. The obvious is a smaller stainer (should have looked into that earlier)and two pieces of paper. The seeds are mixed with small plant bits. The seeds are mostly out of the seed "pods." I was able to get more seeds out of the extra stuff by crushing it and shaking the strainer. I pitched the larger chunks. I will report back in a few days on how the smaller strainer and paper works. I hope to have sweet basil, purple basil and lime basil to trade. I might even try the spicy globe basil, however I might not get the timing right on that one. Again thanks for the help.

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