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Saving

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

Gardens

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

Old Seed? Or New?

Saving

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

Saving

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

Saving Tomato Seeds? Ferment!

Fall

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

Heirlooms to the Rescue

Gardens

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

Why Heirloom Garden Seed?

Gardens

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

Hybrid Seeds Past & Present

Gardens

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

Saving Garden Seeds

Fall

Everything you need to know to save seed from the vegetable garden.

The Charm (and Flavors) of Heirloom Vegetables

Gardens

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

Saving Flower Seeds

Fall

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

The Heirloom Life Gardener

Community

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

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