A benefit of harvesting your own seeds is the ability to go with the best among what you’re grown.
Sort of a cultivated natural evolution one might say as each succeeding crop seems get to better – the plants are stronger, produce more, and adapt to the climate to a noticeable degree.
As can be seen what is occurring is a virtual maze, some will easily reach four feet or more in height without sacrificing taste or quality.
An added bonus is there are always more than enough to make it through from the final harvest till the first the following season – that and plenty to share with friends and even barter for eggs, fruit, or even milk.
I encourage people when gardening to either use only heritage/heirloom seeds they can verify and also to harvest seeds from what they grow.
The board you see is an eight footer with a two foot set leaving six feet above ground – that should give you an idea how robust theses plants are.
These are entirely chemical free plants – no pesticides, no chemical fertilizers – the garden is mulched and spaded over following the last harvest and then again a couple of weeks prior to planting in the spring.
Starting your own personal seed bank is not only a good idea but pays multiple dividends.