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Saving Seeds From Herbs

If you've been growing heirloom herbs, why not let some go to seed at the end of the season? You'll save a little money and get an easy head start on next year's garden.

For herbs like basil, oregano, and parsley, let the flowers go to seed and leave them on the plant until the seeds turn brown and are almost dry.

A few herbs, like dill, have delicate seed heads that can shatter if left to dry on the plant. Instead, hang a few stems upside down in a warm, dry place, and attach a paper bag to catch the seeds as they fall.

Store the dry seeds in labeled envelopes or in a small glass jar.
And remember that some seeds—like celery, dill, anise, and coriander—can be used immediately in cooking to add flavor to your dishes.

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