One of my recent kicks has been to allow plants to plant themselves. So much easier. No need to save or buy seeds, plant and tend seedlings, or worry about timing. They’ll come up when they are supposed to. You do have to be willing to tolerate total bedlam (not conducive to roping other community gardeners into weeding the herb section) or do a little transplanting. For example, I have one feverfew growing in the sidewalk that I need to figure out how to extract. The benefits of allowing self-sowing do extend beyond my laziness factor: allowing plants to bloom encourages bees and other pollinators to visit your garden throughout the season, and self-selected germination promotes the characteristics most suited to your microclimate.  And it’s really, really free. 

This year’s successes include:

  • Dill (below)
  • Mizuna (right)
  • Lettuce (above)
  • Feverfew (below)
  • Blood sorrel
  • Sage (below)
  • Cilantro (not mine, but a neighbor’s)


  • Kale
  • Parsley

Plus, of course, we have our normal stock of perennial herbs: sage, thyme, lavender, oregano, mint, lemon balm, cat mint, chervil, random onion (unknown), horseradish, and a few more unidentified ones I always look up and promptly forget. FYI, sage babies abound this year, so drop me a note if you want one.

Give it a try for your food crops in addition to your annual flowers!

Linked to: Simple Lives Thursday, Frugal Fridays