For most of today’s gardeners, the growing season begins with a spring seed catalog. But for those who save seeds from year to year, the next growing season begins as the current one comes to a close. Why go to the trouble of saving seeds each year? There are a number of reasons: Seed saving is a way for gardeners to save money, increase self-sufficiency, adapt varieties to local conditions, and preserve rare varieties that might not be widely available. Saving your own seeds should not be daunting. Start gradually with a few of your favorite annual crops (flowers or vegetables), and incorporate other types as you grow more comfortable. Here are a few basics to get you started.
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