Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth
Quite a while ago, I had a garden plot in the community garden of the town where I lived. While gathering some late season vegetables, I noticed a woman darting around all the garden plots, stopping for a few minutes, then moving on to another area. I asked what she was up to because I had seen her at my plot when I drove up. Turns out, she was collecting seeds from various plants that she had watched throughout the season. She told me I had a very unusual zinnia in my garden and that it was difficult to get that color anywhere.
From then on, I have been fascinated with seeds and have saved some every year. Some of the easiest ones (I think) to save are pumpkins, tomatoes and flowers. Of course, to really be scientific about it, you need to pay attention to cross pollination and contamination from other varieties.
To learn more about collecting and saving your own seeds, read this book, Seed to Seed, by Suzanne Ashworth. It's packed with information on saving seeds for 160 vegetables. Great photos, too. Available for $25.95 from High Mowing Seeds, an organic seed catalog company in Vermont.
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Posted by Mary Ellen at September 11, 2008 10:00 AM