I know most folks dream of Spring in the Winter months, but many seeds are collected in late summer and fall. What I collect now determines what diversity is added by me to my food forest next Spring.
I rarely buy seeds or plants, I collect them locally. Yesterday I collected Thornless Honey Locust (Gleditsia tricanthos inermis) seeds and Corydalis seeds. I put 6 Honey Locust seeds to soak.
Honey Locust are native to the eastern half of the United States but have nauralized over much of the rest of our country. This one was obviously a nursery specimen planted in a parking lot as landscaping. My desire to grow a Honey Locust is for the edible bean pods which have up to 30% sugar. In a decade or so! If successful, I will try making sugar (or syrup) from the pods. The young pods taste like peas and are from the same family. Older pods are bitter but the beans are good cooked or roasted and ground for a coffee substitute.
Honey Locust leafs out late and drops leaves early like pecan trees. This allows many plants to grow and bloom underneath with welcome lacy shade in the hot summer months. A big plus in a food forest like mine. It does not fix nitrogen like most pea family members.
Corydalis is native to the mountains here and I want them for their beauty and for hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. The seeds are eaten by birds and small mammals.
I had one NM Sunflower my first fall here. I had two last year. This year I have three small colonies. If they keep this up, I will taste test the roots next year.