Friday, 7 August 2009

Save Your Seeds : ) Here's a few reasons why...


Here are my reasons:

(And really, Saving Seeds is no trouble at all!)


Saving seed appeals to my motto of "waste not want not".

I hate to see anything good go unused, and the economical reasons alone, especially in today's financial climate, makes a ton of sense.
Seed savers knows that by gathering up seeds and storing them carefully away for next year's garden is preservation for next year's crop, and less money to fork out.


Personal selection.

I like the thought of developing my own vigorous strains over several seasons of selective seed saving. Saving seeds from the plants with the qualities you most prize, you will soonhave varieties that are ideally adapted to your garden and growing conditions.


Maintain bio-diversity.

Fewer and fewer old varieties of food crops are available, so seed saving keeps the vegetable world's food choices diversified.

Today many of the world's food plants are disappearing, including vegetables, grains and fruit varieties. Approx. 70 % of the world's major food plants have already been lost. This is because modern agriculture practices require high yield, uniform plants, so the genetic base of the world's food plants has been greatly reduced. This has left the world dependent on a few, closely related varieties of each crop.


Historical value.

Many plant varieties we save or trade are living links to the past.

Seed saving is a way to link with our ancestors. As gardener's this is a responsibility and opportunity to pass these wonderful heirlooms to future generations.



We don't need big corporate seed companies taking care of us and choosing the foods and flowers that we can grow. Many of these companies sell varieties that are tasteless, but travel well. That's not a good enough reason for me. Self reliance is very satisfying. It is our right to save seeds and make sure that there is enough variety on the planet which makes for bio-diversity. It's the cycle of life.

Some Seed Saving Sites to Survey!

Lots of pictures of seeds and info on harvesting and drying. This site is from a British gardener with lots of personal experience collecting seeds.
A comprehensive database of seed germination information.
Seeds Of Diversity ~ (My personal favourite and I'm a member). Canada's Heritage Seed Program - A non-profit group of gardeners who save seeds from rare and unusual garden plants for the purpose of preserving varieties -  Purchase the manual - "How to Save Seeds" from their website!

Both beginning and experienced gardeners can easily learn how to save all of their own heirloom seeds



Herb Farm said...

When the plants are producing seeds it means my time playing in the dirt will be coming to an end soon. This year I am collecting red mustard seeds (Brassica juncea). Some to use for next year and some to make mustard. The mustard is hot and wonderful! And so easy to make.

KarenSloan-WallFlowerStudio said...

That's wonderful! Good luck with that.
If I have any seeds listed here that you're interested in, I'd be happy to swap seeds with you.
Thanks for stopping by!
K : )

Ruralrose said...

Excellent post here!

Wall Flower Studio said...

Thank you, Ruralrose. : )

Shyrlene said...

'Seed saving' is a whole new world for me (I thought I was being forward thinking by letting my perennials go to seed, and self-sowing); thanks for the additional links for future study! I was just making my '2011 Plant Wishlist' tonight... --Shyrlene

Wall Flower Studio said...

Oh, you are forward thinking, Shyrlene.
Many people just dead-head everything, which, as you know, is great for encouraging new growth, but hard to save seeds from.
So glad you enjoyed this post, and that any of it may be helpful. There's a few good books out there, too. I picked up a few on Ebay which have been invaluble as reference guides.
I'll be looking forward to your plant wishlist for next year.
Have fun, and Happy September!
~ K