Sunday, September 8, 2013

Self sustaining gardening appealing? Try the self-seeders!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Another viable option for a plant once and be done are self-seeders.  These are plants that produce many seeds.  One trick to self sowing is letting the seeds sprout before adding a thick layer of mulch which may dampen how many seedlings can push up through the crust if put down before they have a chance to sprout.

There are many self-seeding vegetable and herbs.  Here are a few we are growing:
*Mache (corn salad)
*Miner’s lettuce (claytonia)
*Giant Red mustard
*Brilliant Red orach
*Morning glory

The one caution with growing self sowing plants is that they can self sow a little too well.  The only one on the above list that I would not let loose in my garden is the purslane.  I only let it grow in pots.  The rest are easy to pluck out the ones you don’t need.


  1. How interesting & helpful to have all these grouped together.
    Tips on pots vs ground is very helpful. No fun learning all this the Hard way. Thanks for doing the work to put this together. =))

  2. Glad you like it! If there is anything you want to learn more about, just let me know. Always open to ideas on what others would like to know.