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Collecting Seeds From Your Garden

Extend the reach of your favorite plants by gathering their seeds for the next season

It’s easy to harvest exposed seeds, like these on New York ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis, Zones 3–9). Simply pick them off the plant. Photo: Nancy J. Ondra

Though we’re definitely heading toward winter here in the Mid-Atlantic, November can bring some marvelously mild weather too. If you’re looking for a good excuse to get back out to the garden, consider taking this opportunity to collect some seeds from your favorite plants. It can yield big rewards for just a little effort.

Those of you who already have some experience in growing from seed know that it can get pricey to purchase new packets of everything you want each year. By saving seed from annuals and perennials you already have, you can save a good bit of money—or free up funds to try something different.

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