When you're growing plants for seed, it's important to allow only the best plants to set seed. The plant that produces the largest seed pod is not necessarily the one with the best seed. Plants that grow as you want next year's crop to grow should be chosen for seed. Silver beet and spinach which produce the most leaves should be used. If you want an early crop of plants like com and tomatoes then you should save the first fruits.
Some vegetables such as the root vegetables, parsley, cabbage and brussels sprouts are biennials and will not produce seed the first year. Wherever possible seeds should be allowed to dry on the plant. This is important with beans and peas, corn, root vegetables and spinach.
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