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    Edible Plants that Self-Seed

    By By Selections from Networx
    December 27, 2013, 4:30:38 AM EST

    We all know that perennial flowers will self-seed, keep growing, and come back again and again, making them great staples for the flower garden. But did you know that the same is true of many crops, as well? After all, plants are on a mission to perpetuate themselves, and while some have saavily taken advantage of the fact that humans like to eat them so we do the work for them, others like to have a little insurance policy…so they produce their own seeds.


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    This can sometimes actually be a huge problem in the garden: both melons and tomatoes love self-seeding, but unfortunately, they’re also highly promiscuous, so you never know what you’re going to get from so called “volunteer” melons and tomatoes. Maybe a self-seeded plant will be the next great cultivar you’ve been waiting for, one with optimum sweetness, texture, and quality…or maybe the fruit will be ho-hum.

    But fortunately, other plants are much more well behaved, and they can be great choices for a produce garden that will do part of the maintenance work for you. (Sorry, you’re still going to have to water, fertilize, weed, watch out for pests, keep your Phoenix fencing in order, and harvest.) These self-seeding crops will get themselves set up perfectly happily, and they’ll relieve you of a lot of the spring stress of figuring out what to plant, when to plant it, and where to plant it.

    Crops that self-seed include: lettuce, dark leafy greens like kale and chard, broccoli, carrots, runner beans, celery, beets, arugula, parsnips, and radishes. You can also take advantage of self-seeding herbs like cilantro, dill, parsley, oregano, chives, chamomile, and basil (you’ll need to bring basil plants in to overwinter because they don’t like cold).

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