Seeds require different levels of work, experience and space to save. So what are the best seeds for you to save? We suggest you to start with what we've labeled as the "Super Easy" and "Easy" plants. We ask people who check out seeds to grow them organically for your benefit and the benefit of others.
Understanding pollination is key to getting seeds to produce the plants you want. Some plants are self-pollinating --the male and female parts are contained within a single flower that fertilizes itself. Other plants, called cross-0pollinators, have separate male and female flowers and their pollen has to get from one flower to another in order for the flowers to be fertilized.
We will not be offering the "Difficult" category of seeds at this time as these are the plants that typically cross-pollinate. This means that if there is another variety around they can pollinate each other and the seeds you save will not be what you originally planted. These plants need to be isolated by about 1/4 of a mile or else will need to be hand-pollinated. These seeds also have to be properly saved. More on that later. Here are some of the "Difficult" category of seeds we aren't offering our first year:
Super Easy: Easy Peas-y
These seeds can most reliably be saved by the home gardener, even if you've never saved seeds before. Watch our videos on Peas and Beans and Lettuce to help you get started.
Easy: Takes a little time & know-how
Some plants are biennials, which means they produce seeds the second growing season. These are still suitable for some beginners. The issue is do you have the space! Many of these require large populations and isolation from things that could cross-pollinate with them. Check out the resources on Richmond's Seed Saving page.
Web Resources - Seed Saving
We don't want to recreate the wheel as there's so many good sites who have the information out there on seed saving. See below for some thorough instructions:
Web Video Resources - Seed Saving
Below are some YouTube videos that have good information on seed saving. Let us know if you'd like us to add yours!