Edible Plants that Self-Seed (Perfect for the Lazy Gardener!)

“Often times than not, maintaining a beautiful garden is high maintenance and costly activity for some especially if you need to buy seedlings every now and then. Good thing some plants spread themselves on their own. They germinate so easily that they spread and renew themselves year after year so you never have to replant.”


Edible Plants that Self-Seed (Perfect for the Lazy Gardener!)

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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.

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 …





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