With seeds and seed saving, a little bit goes a very long way! A little bit of work yields a lot of valuable seed! A little bit of seed can produce a lot of food! And a few seeds can be stored, divided, replanted, saved again, or multiplied a thousand fold by other growers!
The genetic material inside a uniquely colored pole bean from Spain, say, or a rare, purple potato catalogued by ancient Peruvians – or the famous, two pound tomato grown by West Virginia’s legendary Mortgage Lifter “Charlie” – these are treasures passed down from history for anyone and everyone who cares to participate in their legacy. You don’t need special permission to grow, sell or trade these varieties. You don’t need large acreage, an advanced degree, or lots of time or money to save their seed. In fact, for many basic crops, like peas, beans and tomatoes, all you need is the will, the knowledge and the timing to select, gather, dry and store what nature so conveniently provides.
Watch this video on how to form a seed bank with local growers to preserve and share heirloom seeds in your local environment. Learn about growing heirloom seeds and seed banks from an organic farmer in this free gardening video.
Helpful to know when to harvest seeds for saving.
I love gardening. There is something special about watching seeds germinate and grow. And if that plant grows something you can eat its even better.
Food doesn’t come from box’s or the supermarket it grows in the ground.
I grow heirloom seeds and have started saving those seeds. I am fairly new to gardening and have a lot to learn but I’m gardening and learning as I go.
I set this up as I thought it would be a nice idea to share/swap heirloom seeds with other people that grow and save seeds.
The idea is that we have a list with name, email address and a listing of the seeds or plants we are looking for and also the seeds we have to share/swap with others.
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