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Both beginning and experienced growers can start saving garden seed, resulting in substantial annual savings and ever increasing self-sufficiency. Seed saving is not only fun, it’s an important way to perpetuate plants and to ensure the genetic diversity of the world’s food crops, which are eroding at an unprecedented and accelerating rate. To do so successfully, you must be familiar with the basic techniques.

Shell Bean


Heirloom "cooking beans" are nutritious, delicious, and easy to grow.

Old Seed? Or New?


How long seeds last depends on the type of seed and the conditions in which it’s stored.

Hybrid Sweet Corn - Sweeter Than Ever

Food Safety

But there's no sugar-coating restrictions on its use.

A World of Heirlooms


The Whole Seed Catalog is a compendium of news and information about the growing of heirloom vegetables and flowers.

Saving Tomato Seeds? Ferment!


How to soak tomato seed in its own gel for best germination.

Heirlooms to the Rescue


Planting heirlooms can preserve genetic diversity and enhance global food security.

Why Heirloom Garden Seed?


There are many reasons for growing heirloom flowers, herbs and vegetables. Preserving seed diversity is one.

Hybrid Seeds Past & Present


Advantages and disadvantages of using hybrid seed in the home vegetable garden.

Saving Garden Seeds


All the seed saving tips and techniques you need to know for next year's planting.

The Charm (and Flavors) of Heirloom Vegetables


Practical and aesthetic reasons for growing America's heritage vegetables.

Saving Flower Seeds


Collect your own flower seed for planting next year. Here's how.

The Heirloom Life Gardener


The Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company has become something of a green giant with a cutting edge business model.