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Episode 63 Reseeding Annuals

A lot of people (me being one) find that planting perennials is especially rewarding since they can produce crop year after year with a minimum of care and since they don’t need to be replanted year after year, a lot of your energy can be devoted to other plants and activities.

The downside to perennials is that they are somewhat expensive and when a deer chews a second year apple tree nearly to the ground, people (me) tend to freak out a bit.

From personal experience I’ve found 5 plants I like to grow that reseed easily and though they will die at the end of the season, they will come back in greater numbers and are hard to kill (that can be a bad thing on occasion).

1.  Dill – Think about all of the uses of this versatile herb.  I’ve grown dill on this same plot now for three years and I’ve never had to replant it.

2.  Corriander/Cilantro – Another herb with multiple great uses.  Although I’m not a fan of the greenery, I do love ground corriander.

3.  Coneflowers – Also known as echinacea, this pollinator drawing flower is a native of my home state of Kentucky where prairies were once prevalent.

4.  Sunflowers – What a treat to find that midway through summer your garden is inundated with skyward bound stalks of seedy goodness!

5.  Biennials – Ok I kind of cheated here.  Biennials are really a type of plant, not a specific type.

Also, the contest for 6 free seed packets from Botanical Interests ends on midnight of the 14th of March.  After that I will draw randomly.  To enter you simply need to go to www.botanicalinterests.com, go to the about page and find the year they started selling seeds.  Put the year in the subject line of your email.  In the body of your email include your name and mailing address.  The winner will be drawn randomly.

2 comments to Episode 63 Reseeding Annuals

  • hey, great info. i just got in to the notion of companion planting last year, and obviously my reading led me to plant dill. i have to agree with everything you said about it–as you described all of it’s benefits i knew exactly what you were talking about. in any event i had it growing all over the place last year, i hope it comes back, but i saved some seeds just in case.

    my coneflower and cilantro didn’t do so well last year; i’ll try again this year. glad to find out they’ll re-seed!

    thanks,

    Joe

  • Jason

    Hey Joe, thanks.

    I really was surprised at how easily the dill came back. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

    This is my first year attempting to get cilantro to reseed, I’ll have to see how that works!

    I think the advantage with coneflowers is they have SO many seeds. I actually mis-spoke a bit when I included them as coneflowers are perennial by root-not an annual as I stated but they do throw off so many seeds that new plants pop up at random.

    Jason