Self-Seeding Crops: Plant Once and Forget 'Em

| 12/19/2013 3:03:00 PM

garlic chives

Like flowers, there are also self-seeding herbs and vegetables.  If you are the type that likes 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)

seed stage

Self-Sowing Edible Flowers


3/22/2014 8:11:10 AM

Agree with Minnesota on self seeding of tomatoes. It is usually the tomatoes that have smaller fruits that drop and hide under the plant that I get volunteers the next year. Of course, sometimes the birds will peck out a few seeds on the larger tomatoes. The one thing to keep in mind is that if you are growing hybrid tomatoes, you may not get a tomato that looks anything like the mother plant. If you plant heirloom or open pollinated tomatoes, you will get babies that are like their mothers.

2/17/2014 8:24:06 AM

Sorry so late for answering. The white flowering plant is garlic chives! It is beautiful for weeks and the bees love them. If you don't want many new garlic chive plants, be sure to pick off the flower when it goes to seed.

12/23/2013 6:19:22 PM

My most successful self-sowing vegetable has been Swiss Chard. (USDA zone 4.)

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