Templeton's Patented Nest O'Sieves Take a plastic seed punnet tray, - about 10"X12" I reckon, one with nice sized holes in the bottom, some 2mm(=1/4 inch?) flyscreen - I used aluminum) Spread the flyscreen over the bottom of the try, jam another tray on top, rub carrot seed heads on top tray - rough chaff stays on top, big fat seeds get caught on the fly wire screen in the middle, and the fine stuff - along with a bit of fine seed with the whiskers rubbed of - falls through the bottom screen. I can tolerate the missed seed - carrots produce so much.
Sorry, I changed the bottom tray to blue half way through the photo sequence - the screen goes between the top and bottom trays T
Last Edit: Apr 12, 2013 8:32:02 GMT -5 by templeton
Syn, you could store the seed heads complete - but they take up more room. The separated individual carrot seeds normally have a 'beard' or fuzz of short bristles attached - part of the original dispersal mechanism is my guess. The seeds can be stored and sown with these bristles still attached - no problem. Commercial carrot seed has the bristles removed probably for ease of processing- again, no problems with storage and sowing.
My device does rub off some of these bristles - the small bristleless seeds tend to fall through the flywire screen and collect with the reject fine chaff below the bottom tray. I collect the seed with bristles trapped above the flyscreen between the two trays - I put up with the loss of the bristleless seed, since I've got so much seed. That said, I did sow some of the reject fines, and lots of carrots came up. T