A quick tutorial on seed saving basics.

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A Beginner's Guide to Saving SeedsInterested in saving seeds but not sure where to start?

A Beginner’s Guide to Saving Seeds is the answer.

The Seed Library of Los Angeles, or SLOLA, is a membership organization that facilitates the growth of open-pollinated seeds among residents of the Los Angeles Basin by building a seed collection and repository, educating members about the practice of seed-saving, and creating a local community of seed-saving gardeners.

As the editor-in-chief at The Dirt on Organic Gardening, I am a member. I am also volunteer staff for my local branch (Altadena), and fully support the SLOLA mission.

This is why I chose to make this little booklet, A Beginner’s Guide to Saving Seeds available to both SLOLA members and anyone else who shares the desire to save and preserve seeds from their garden. Our grandparents did this routinely, and the result was incredible heirloom fruits and vegetables, many of which have come close to being lost in the tsunami of Big Agra uniformity.

Advantages of saving your seeds

One of the many advantages of saving your seeds and swapping them with other people in your area is that, over generations, the plants become acclimated to your area, which increases the health, vitality and yield of the plants.

Another advantage is that planting diverse varieties lessens the chance of disease and pestilence wiping out an entire season of a crop. I’m sure you’ve heard of the Irish Potato Famine. This came about because the farmers all planted the same variety of potato, so when the blight struck, it struck everywhere. If they’d planted a number of different potatoes, the result would have been significantly less devastating.

But for me personally, the best part of saving seeds is that it’s fun!

Celebrate diversity!

Download your FREE BOOK now, and get ready to save your own seeds. This will open a whole new world of garden diversity as you learn to preserve your own seeds, swap with other gardeners, and expand your garden horizons. There’s a world of possibilities out there just waiting for you to grow them!

Happy gardening,

Su Falcon, Editor-in-Chief
The Dirt on Organic Gardening Magazine