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Old July 18, 2013   #1
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Default Looking for a better way to harvest basil seeds

What a time consuming chore! I put them in a sm. paper bag, shook the holy c**p out of it and then poured it all out on newspaper. Then I rolled the flowers between my fingers to get the rest of the seeds out and then tried to "lightly" blow the chaff away and NOOOO, it went everywhere LOL!!! HELP, is there a better way to do it?
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I made a mess like that with thai basil and a hairdryer once. Try a sieve. They fly Thai basil in here in the winter.
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Hahahaha, I actually was thinking about using the blow dryer, glad I didn't! What a mess that would be
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I think I put them through some screen first to get the bigger chaff out. Afterword I poured the mix onto a paper plate, slanted it, and tapped on the edge. If you get the angle right the seeds will slide down the plate and the chaff will stay toward the top. It works even better with petunia seed because the are round.
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