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Seed Saving Tips and Which Seeds to Save

The Art of Seed Saving

Seeds are like gems in the hands of a gardener. Have you ever inherited garden seeds? Carefully opened a packet of seeds placed reverently in your hands by a family member or friend? Some gardens seeds are actually considered family heirlooms carefully selected for their superior qualities, and are passed down through generations. Seed saving is an art and tradition

Seeds are to gardeners what words are to writers.
They hold within an entire story waiting to unfold.

In times past, it was common for every gardener to save seeds. But with the easy availability of seeds and the development of hybrids a lot of that knowledge has been lost to many people. Now with the easy availability of information it is time to bring that knowledge back.

You don’t have to be a breeder or own a plant nursery to save your own seeds. Most gardeners keep on saving seeds from their best plants year to year, though most gardeners also delight in ordering new seeds to plant something new they’ve not tried before.

Save seeds from your best plants.

Cucamelon, for instance. We tried these “Mexican Gherkins” this year. Have you heard of it? And if you have, have you tried it yet? We really like them. They’re like a pleasing tangy and juicier cucumber and they look cool in salads. We wrote more on this in this article.1)

Seed Saving Tips and the Survival of the Fittest

Seed saving is the science of common sense. When it comes to seed saving, you want to save seeds only from the strongest plants. But more than that, you don’t even want to leave the smallest producing plants in the garden else they will compromise future generations.

A few golden rules that apply to all seed saving, by Mark Ridsdill Smith on


  • Save seeds from healthy plants.
  • Ensure your seeds are dry before storing them – and keep them somewhere cool and dry. A large glass jar with a lid or a plastic Tupperware is perfect.


  • Save seeds from F1s. F1s are hybrids, and if you save seeds from them, the plant you grow is unlikely to have the same characteristics as the parent plants. (Seed packets tell you if the plant is an F1).2)

For more, you’ll enjoy this informative tour of lovely gardens and learn the secrets to saving vegetable seeds.

The complete guide, vegetable seed saving

Watch more videos on saving seeds at: Work with Nature.3)

The book, Seed to Seed is a great resource for saving seeds, and we’ve also written about that in this article on buying seeds, and this one on storing them.

Saving seeds is another important layer of gardening. Of course you can always buy good seeds from a reliable source, but it’s wonderful to save your own seeds for a family heritage of seeds that can be passed down for generations.

For more on storing seeds, we hope you’ll enjoy this article on Tips for Storing Seeds.4)

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