Self Seeding Plants for a Low-Maintenance Garden
34 Self-Seeding Plants to Try
Herbs: basil, chamomile, cilantro, cutting celery, dill, parsley
Vegetables: amaranth, arugula, beet, broccoli raab, carrot, collards, kale, lettuce, orach, mustard, New Zealand spinach, parsnip, pumpkin, radish, rutabaga, tomatillo, tomato, turnip, winter squash
Flowers: bachelor button, calendula, celosia, cosmos, nasturtium, poppy, sunflower, sweet alyssum, viola
- In the fall, toss seedheads wherever you want seeds to germinate. Or let seeds fall where they may and transplant volunteers to the spots where you want them to grow in spring.
- Learn to identify self-seeder seedlings, and be sure not to hoe “weeds” too early in spring—many baby seedlings are hard to distinguish from weeds.
Stay in Control
Several useful herbs and greens reseed with such abandon that they must be handled as potentially invasive. Plants behave differently depending on climate, but in general expect these crops to become obnoxious if not given appropriate discipline: borage, chives, garlic chives, edible docks and sorrels, fennel, lemon balm, horseradish and valerian. Here are the house rules:
1. Grow only as many plants as you can effectively monitor.
2. Don’t allow seeds to shed in your garden without your permission. This means pruning flowers or immature seedheads, many of which make fine cut flowers.
Adapted with permission from Mother Earth News.