Harvesting your own seeds


This past fall I made my first attempt to harvest my own seeds. If you can’t tell from the picture I chose cilantro (or coriander if you eat the seeds) and seem to be worth the minimal effort. Just as a warning, if the plant you are dealing with happens to be a hybrid (parents of different species) what you get the next year may not be the same as it was the previous year. In the end this could be disappointment or a pleasant surprise so the risk might be worth it. This next year I am planning letting some of my other vegetables finish going to seed to save a couple bucks but also the flowers don’t look half bad.

9 Responses to “Harvesting your own seeds”

  1. Nancy Says:

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  2. M Sinclair Stevens (Texas) Says:

    Cilantro grows in my yard like dandelions do in others. In a word, everywhere. I don’t need to collect its seeds anymore unless I want coriander or I want to share.Luckily, we eat a lot of cilantro, so I’m not unhappy with its wild ways.


  3. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    Same here can’t have enough cilantro; hopefully we have a milder summer this year so they don’t bolt to seed so quickly.


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