How to Save Seeds from Biennial Plants

Take your seed-saving know-how to the next level by learning how to keep seeds from open-pollinated biennials, including beets and Swiss chard.

The small, relatively inconspicuous flowers of Swiss chard and beets are typically pollinated by wind, which is why they require an isolation distance of 800 feet or more from other flowering varieties of B. vulgaris. Given the biennial nature of this species, this isn’t hard to manage.
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