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How to Save Seeds

How to Save Seeds

Choosing Seeds We try to provide open pollinated or heirloom varieties, meaning seeds saved from these plants will produce fruit the next season which will be the same as the parent plant. Here are some guidelines to help you in preparing to save seeds:

Easy Seeds: These are great for beginners and are less likely to cross-pollinate with other plants in that family. Examples of easy to save seeds: beans, lettuce, peas, peppers and tomatoes.

Advanced Seeds: These seeds grow plants that are wind, insect pollinated, or biennial and very likely to cross-pollinate with other plant varieties, resulting in a “mystery” plant. They may also take more than one season to produce seeds. Examples of more difficult seeds to save: corn, cucumbers, muskmelons, radishes, spinach, squash and pumpkin.

Take a look at some of these sites for expert advice on seed saving:

The Farmer’s Almanac- “How to Save Your Own Seeds”
University of Minnesota- “Saving Vegetable Seeds”
Sunset Magazine- “How to Harvest Heirloom Tomato Seeds”
Martha Stewart video- “Saving Seeds”
Concord Seed Lending Library- “Seed Saving”


Reading Resources:

These books are available at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library:

The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving by Colley, Micaela,

Epic Tomatoes: How to Select & Grow the Best Varieties of All Time by LeHoullier, Craig.

Saving Vegetable Seeds: Harvest, Clean, Store, and Plant Seeds From Your Garden by Fern Marshall Bradley

The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food by Janisse Ray

The Beginner’s Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables: The 100 Easiest, Most Flavorful Vegetables For Your Garden by Marie Iannotti

The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers, Fruits, Trees, and Shrubs by Robert Gough