How do I save beet and carrot seeds?
I posted the same question on the seed saving forum but this forum gets more circulation and I am sure many of you know how to do this....
Right now I have a carrot and a beet that I have managed to sprout in the heat of summer. They would be ready to pick, but I figured they are not going to be too tasty. I also figured if I save seed from them I might select heat tolerant characteristics, right? I can use heat tolerance here since I try to grow everything I can for as long as I can (I do sow carrot and beet seeds just about every month, it does not work in August :-( but I can live with that...)
I have never tried to collect seeds from either crop so I could use some help with them. Will beets flower and put out seeds like lettuce does? What about the carrot? I understand they are biennials, does this mean I just patiently wait another year? I hear they make nice flowers, maybe the bees will like them.
Another question: will one specimen of each give me enough seed for an urban size garden? I now have many baby beets and carrots all over the place. Should I select other specimens for saving seed? I am not asking about genetic diversity per se, just number of seeds one can collect from each plant.