These self-seeding vegetables and herbs are a must for your vegetable garden

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  • Amaranth forms a red fuzzy seed head that can be left or picked when the seeds begin to fall off.
  • Bok choy, tatsoi, mustard and mizuna bear yellow flowers followed by long seedpods containing brown to black round seeds.
  • Calendula has bright orange and yellow flowers that mature into a seed ball. Scatter where you want plants to grow.
  • Cherry tomatoes must be left to ripen and fall.

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  • Coriander forms umbels of white flowers, followed by round seeds.
  • Dill forms yellow umbels, followed by crescent-shaped seeds.
  • Lettuce develops a tall central spire, with small groups of wispy flowers.
  • Nasturtium flowers mature into small clusters of green seed, which gradually dry to beige.
  • Radish grows into a tall plant with pink and white flowers, followed by round, dark seeds, which need to be pushed into the ground.
  • Rocket comes in two types: wide leaf rocket produces white flowers and wild rocket produces yellow flowers. Try this recipe: Fig, rocket and walnut salad
  • Spring onions form a ball-shaped white flower, followed by small black seeds. Sprinkle where required.

sunflowers - self-seeding vegetables and herbs

  • Sunflowers must be left to dry before scattering seed.
  • Swiss chard and beetroot produce a long central spire with clusters of seed.
    Winter squash must be left to mature and dry out on the plant.


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