We’ve partnered with SEED SAVERS EXCHANGE to provide you with the best resources available on planting a garden and saving open-pollinated and heirloom varieties for replanting the following year. It’s the best hands-on way to become a champion of crop diversity. And it puts the power of seed saving directly in your hands!
STEP 1: GET SOME SEED
You can purchase heirloom and open-pollinated seed varieties directly from the SEED SAVERS EXCHANGE online catalog!
You can also find other local resources to purchase seed from using our FIND Seed Libraries resource. A great way to get involved in a local seed library!
STEP 2: PLANT THOSE SEEDS
SEED SAVERS EXCHANGE has some amazing resources for learning how to plant and grow your garden. Here is just a sampling of those resources:
Hard Seed Guide
How to perform simplified germination tests at home
Crop-Specific Seed Saving Chart
How to assess seed maturity
Short term seed storage
View past SSE webinars on multiple seed saving topics
More seed saving resources from our blog
A Seed Saving Guide by Organic Seed Alliance
USDA zone map
Find frost date for your location
STEP 3: SAVE THOSE SEEDS!
This might be the most important part. Once you’ve successfully grown your garden and everything is in bloom, you want to collect seeds for re-planting. There is a lot to consider, including how you will store those seeds during the non-growing months. To learn more, we highly recommend SEED SAVERS EXCHANGE’s Seed to Seed (2nd Edition) guide by Suzanne Ashworth. Here is some information about it:
Complete seed-saving guide that describes specific techniques for 160 vegetables, including botanical classifications, flower structure and pollination, population size, isolation distances, and techniques for caging, hand-pollination, harvesting, drying, cleaning and storage. This updated and greatly expanded Second Edition now includes how to start each vegetable from seed, which has turned the book into a complete growing guide. Expert gardeners from seven regions of the U.S. have shared their seed-starting techniques. An invaluable, comprehensive reference book for maintaining heirlooms and preserving our vegetable heritage.
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Content re-published with permission by Seed Savers Exchange