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Saving Seeds

Saving Seeds

It isn’t necessary to buy seed packets for all plantings if you know how to save seeds. Even if you don’t garden you can keep the seeds from purchased produce, store and plant them during next season. With proper care and a little help from Mother Nature you can begin your own annual heirloom collection. Start with quality heirloom produce or seeds if possible. The kind of seed used to grow an heirloom quality item is true to its type, and not mixed with another variety so it will produce a pure product if properly grown. Heirloom produce is naturally pollinated… read more

Saving Seeds

Sewing seeds

There are plenty of good reasons to save your own seeds. You’ll save money, help to preserve the genetic diversity of food plants, and develop plant varieties that thrive in the growing conditions you provide and are more resistant to pests and blights. In addition, while agribusiness favors varieties that store well for shipping, home gardeners can select for traits such as great taste and suitability to local climate. When planning your seed collection strategy, keep in mind that some plants only produce seeds in their second year and hybrid plants don’t breed true to parental type – in other… read more