So I let 1 pigweed grow in my desert rock garden and 1 in my veggie garden where a potato failed to come up. They both grew and GREW! The poor yucca in the rock garden was completely deprived of any nutrients, I'm sure -- though it managed to grow 2 new offsets, so it didn't suffer THAT much
Although I've no idea if I'm doing this correctly, I've started harvesting the seeds -- I sure don't want ALL these seeds to fall on the ground, so I've been giving them the tickle test -- I hold the... still green frond? (whatever the correct terminology is) and stroke it, and if black seeds fall off in my hand, I stick it in a brown bag and cut it off. I can hear the seeds hitting the bottom of the bag as I do this.
Thinking that the leaves would (1) delay drying and (2) add to junk when dried and crumbled, I've been cutting off the leaves, transferring the stalks from one brown bag to another. So far so good. (When I remembered to lay a newsprint on the table where I was working, I found out that a lot of seeds were falling on the table... and off the table through the gaps onto the patio -- guess I'll be finding a lot of them growing between the bricks next spring. ) This process also seems to help shake out the tiny spiders that like to live in the fronds and the occasional tiny inchworms (anyone know what species they might be?)
I've poured out the seeds that were in the bottom of the bag. Shifting with different sized mesh strainers helped to get the big chaffe and powdery debris out. After that, only way I've been able to get rid of the rest has been to gently blow on it while swirling in the strainer. (I'm guessing a fan might be useful here) I found out that if I blow too hard, the little seeds will fly right out.
How am I doing? Also, my question is should I let the stalks dry completely now or should I strip the fronds off the stalks then let them dry? (would that speed up the drying process or would leaving them on the stalks help them to "mature" some more?) In other words, am I being too impatient about separating the seeds out?