Why Seed Saving Matters

Author: Meera, September 19, 2015

Harvesting seed from my favorite flowers and vegetables has become of ritual for me. Basically, the plants do the work. I just pick the dried pods or seed heads, make sure they have an optimal period of time and the right environment to continue drying, and then store and/or share them.




An heirloom rose and raised bed of vegetables, herbs, or wild flowers are easily integrated into a landscape such as this one

An heirloom rose, a raised box of open-pollinated vegetables or heirloom herbs, or a bed of flowers are easily integrated into this landscape to create a peaceful garden




With access to so many seed sources online and in local nurseries, some might wonder why I would bother collecting and saving seeds from plants I grow. The reasons are simple:



* Many open-pollinated heirloom varieties that I grow once were also grown in gardens generations before my time.




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* It’s gratifying to know that through the plants we grow (without pesticides or altered through genetic manipulation), we can have pure and safe food that we grow ourselves.



* Crop diversity can only continue if gardeners and growers are saving seeds of diverse crop varieties.




A raised bed of flowers looks lovely along the border of a lawn

A raised bed of flowers works well as a  border



* Harvesting seeds from what we grow completes the cycle of nature that takes place each year in our gardens.



According to Heirloom Gardener magazine, “Roughly 90 percent of the varieties that existed at the beginning of the 20th Century are extinct.” (Winter 2013-2014) That’s certainly a concern. We can’t bring back those varieties, but we can work together to try to stop further extinctions.



Passing on a garden is a great gift to the next generation. Passing on seeds is equally laudable. Saving seeds matters . . . for all of us who believe in preserving plant diversity.






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