I'm interested in starting to save seeds, but don't really know where to start. Generally, I let things self-seed, but would like to be able to trade and sow more intentionally. I have cut off a couple of spent heads of echinacea summer sky, hung them upside down with the heads wrapped in a homemade "paper bag". This was given to me as a good technique, but I'm not sure...
I have quite a bit of columbine in my garden and would like to collect seed at some point, also daylilies, hosta, iris, heuchera, phlox, bluebells, yarrow, hardy geranium, hollyhocks, and others. Where do I start?
Also, there is a plethora of wild flowers in the area, Goldenrod, Joe Pie Weed, Touch-me-nots, and more. What is the best way to harvest without damaging the remaining plants?
And I just realized that I have quite a few impatience throughout the yard. How easy are these to harvest from and/or grow from seed? I love impatience among my hostas, but usually buy them in town. If I can sow my own, that would save a bundle!