Perhaps one of the best advantages to growing your own vegetables and fruits from open-pollinated seeds is that you can save seeds. Harvesting the seeds of your best performing plants and saving them for the next year’s garden not only keeps gardening costs low, but it also ensures that each year your garden produces healthier, more productive plants that are better adapted for your specific soil and growing conditions.
Until recently, this was how all gardening was done. It resulted in an abundant variety of sturdy, disease-resistant vegetables and fruits that held up well in home gardens. Today, the variety is being swallowed up by patented seeds.
The videos below, produced by one of my favorite video blogs, Cooking Up A Story, demonstrate how you can harvest and save seeds. I encourage you to experiment with doing this as your summer garden comes to an end. So, watch the videos, be encouraged, and be bold!
I wrote this post while participating in the Sowing Millions Project by Real Food Media on behalf of Seeds of Change. I received product to facilitate my post. However, my thoughts and opinions are my own and not of those of Real Food Media or Seeds of Change.
(photo by meganpru)