Whether you’re new to seed saving or want to brush up on the practice, these seed saving basics are a smart place to start. Here we’re sharing some Gardening Basics and How to Save Seeds
Why is it important to know how to save seeds?
Seed Savers.Org highlights a number of reasons why it’s important to save seeds:
By growing food from seeds you have saved, you can significantly reduce the cost of producing healthy food.
Preserve Genetic Diversity
Lots of great varieties will never see the fame of a commercial seed catalog. Many of these unique plants only exist in the hands of one or two gardeners. Lend a hand and save some of those seeds that are in danger of disappearing!
Ever find the best tasting tomato from a seed catalog one year only to discover you can’t buy it anywhere the following year? Seed savers don’t have this problem!
Connect With Your Garden
Every seed holds a connection to the future and the past. From ‘Grandpa Ott’s Morning Glory’ that was passed down from Grandpa Ott to our co-founder, Diane, to the rogue tomato plant that you’ve saved seeds from and will pass on to your children, the stories of seeds connect us to our history, our culture, our family, and our sense of who we are.
Many insect pollinators, such as bees, are in decline in Barbados. While you wait around for your flowers to produce seeds, they are providing invaluable food for bees, butterflies, and beetles.
Seed saving and seed sharing go hand-in-hand. Share with a neighbour, help a community garden become more self-sufficient, or take a new gardener under your wing and teach them how to save their own seeds.
The Story of Seeds
If you’re interested in learning more about saving seeds, be sure to check out the documentary “Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds” by M. Sean Kaminsky. In it, he seeks to inspire people about the importance of seed saving—and its urgency.
How to Save Seeds
Below is a thorough demonstration of how to save seeds from your vegetable garden. You can see examples of how to save tomato seeds, along with radish, bean, basil, cucumber, pumpkin, and pepper seeds.