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Sesame

Growing your own Sesame Seeds is a fun experiment that might just become a yearly tradition. It's so easy! Sesame loves full sun, well-drained soil and a long, warm season. Gardeners in warm southern climates can sow seeds directly in the garden after their last frost date, but most gardeners should start seeds indoors 6 weeks earlier and transplant the seedlings out into the garden well after all danger of frost has passed. The attractive plants grow up to 4' tall and flaunt little, nodding, tubular, white to pink flowers that yield 1"- to 1½"-long seed pods. Allow the pods to begin to dry and split open before harvesting. Lay the pods on sheets of newspaper to dry completely in a protected spot indoors. Extract the dried seeds and store them in an airtight container in a cool, dark spot.

Average seed life: 2 to 3 years.

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