PLANT a Garden

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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!

 

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STEP 1: GET SOME SEED

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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

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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

Seed starting
Growing potatoes
Growing garlic
Trellising

USDA zone map
Find frost date for your location

 

 

 

STEP 3: SAVE THOSE SEEDS!

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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:

 

Seed to Seed – 2nd Edition by Suzanne Ashworth

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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.

80 black-and-white photos
228 pages
Softcover

 

 

 Content re-published with permission by Seed Savers Exchange