I recently learned that when you harvest seeds from the healthiest plants in your garden to plant the next year, you’re setting yourself up for a tremendous likelihood of success. Some say that plants grown from seeds you grew are even more likely to prosper than the seeds you buy in the store!
Why is this?
Plants grown successfully in the climate of your home garden must like it back there, right? So they will breed healthy offspring, and over time, you’ll end up with a special subset of plants that are suited specifically for your yard. Pretty amazing right?
Time to try it
I usually pull or trim back my flowering herbs (cilantro, parsley, basil, oregano) once they start to bolt, but this year I decided to let some of them go to flower and attempt to harvest the seeds. I often do this with cilantro/coriander, because it tends to bolt so quickly and it’s nice to just keep planting it from the seeds it makes, but I’d never harvested seeds from my parsley or basil before. Turns out it’s pretty easy! Next I’ll try collecting some of my veggie seeds — and I’ll be sure to keep you posted on how it all goes.
Harvesting Seeds for Next Year