vera Greutink wrote:Letting vegetables self-seed is even easier than saving seeds to sow yourself and it provides many of the same benefits. You don’t need to keep buying seeds and the plants will adapt somewhat to your soil and climate.., self-sowers have a few additional advantages. For one, you do not need to worry about when exactly is the best time to sow. When the circumstances are right, the seeds will automatically sprout. Furthermore, the enormous amount of seed most plants produce is in itself an insurance against failure. Just one plant will often produce the equivalent of many seed packets. Seeds can be lost because they’ll rot or be eaten by critters, but there will still be enough to ensure the emergence of the next generation.
Joe Grand wrote:I am looking into increasing the perennials & self-seeding annuals to my garden. The key is managment of the plants, self seeders should be put in small beds, so they are controled in their on little world. Perennials like the tree collard/kale can be planted in the end of a small bed, to grow & regrow year after year. Sunchoke can take a garden bed, so put them in a 4 X 4 raised bed, if a sprout show up in the path, dig up the ofending tuber & eat it. Horseradish the same thing, all these plant puts out a lot of greens for the compost bin.
Cécile Stelzer Johnson wrote:
Last year, I had a yellow flower about 3 ft tall growing about 1 ft away from the trunk of an apple tree. I never knew what it was but I noticed that my bees liked it, so I didn't remove it. [no, it was not mustard. I know mustard is invasive here and honey bees make a honey that sugars barely one week in the jar!] It made a seed receptacle that looked like a crown.