Save Vegetable Seeds in Your Backyard

Follow these seed saving techniques to save seed from your vegetable garden. Learn how to collect, label and store seeds, perform germination testing and understand seed longevity.



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Save vegetable seeds and save money on next season's seed catalog order!
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Why not do as Richard King does and put up a good supply of seeds for next year, right along with your canned goods?
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Pick fleshy vegetables such as squash when they are fully ripe. Then scoop out their seeds and spread them to dry in a well-ventilated place.
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Squash and cantaloupe are among nature's most bountiful — and dependable — seed-producers.
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Even children can have fun saving vegetable seeds. Uper left: The king family's lakefront garden.
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This chart gives an idea of the minimum length of time properly stored seeds will remain viable.
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