|Marigolds in bloom|
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Like flowers, there are also self-seeding herbs and vegetables. If you are the type that like to plant once and forget about ‘em, these are the ones for you!
The only trick to the whole adventure is that you have to let them go to seed so they can sow the next season’s crop for you. When they have produced their seed, you can either let the wind do the work for you or you can cut off the seed head and strategically shake the seed where you would like new plants to come up.
Self sowing herbs:
Basil (bring in the volunteers to overwinter in a pot)
Chives (garlic chives are particularly aggressive)
Self sowing edible flowers:
Self sowing vegetables:
Egyptian walking onions
|Lettuce seed head|
Self sowing greens:
French dandelions (bred to have larger, sweeter leaves than “common” dandelions, but both are very nutritious and great in salads) Kale
Mustards (Giant Red Mustard does great in our garden)
New Zealand spinach
A gentle watch-out, these are plants that easily self-sow so you can get more than you want over time. When you get the number you want, just get off future seed heads or start harvesting your new seedlings to sell the plants at your neighborhood farmers market or give away to friends!