Getting Started with Seed Saving

New to seed saving? Not quite sure where to start? Check out one of these recommended books or resources to learn how to preserve your seeds for next year's growing season.

Updated May 19, 2023
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The complete guide to saving seeds : 322 vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits, trees, and shrubs
Gough, Robert E. (Robert Edward)
Enjoy your favorite varieties of garden plants year after year with this comprehensive guide to gathering, preparing, and planting seeds. Authors Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough provide simple instructions that clearly explain the whole process, from basic plant biology to proper...

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A-Z plant propagation : growing plants for free
Bryant, Geoff.
In Plant Propagation A to Z, over 500 photographs illustrate both practical step-by-step propagation techniques and the plants themselves. More than 1,000 garden plants are covered in the extensive tables, detailing the specific propagation techniques to use -- seed, cutting or division --...

The Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library is an excellent educational resource for learning about saving seeds and organic gardening.

The seed garden : the art and practice of seed saving
Colley, Micaela
Winner of the American Horticultural Society Award for Excellence In Garden Book Publishing Winner of the Silver Medal for Best Reference from the Garden Writer's Association Filled with advice for the home gardener and the more seasoned horticulturist alike, The Seed Garden:...
Seed to seed : seed saving and growing techniques for vegetable gardeners
Ashworth, Suzanne
Seed to Seed is a complete seed-saving guide that describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables. This book contains detailed information about each vegetable, including its botanical classification, flower structure and means of pollination, required population...
Seedswap : the gardener's guide to saving and swapping seeds
Jeffery, Josie
An illustrated introduction to saving seeds--how to harvest seeds from your own garden, set up a seed library to share with your community, and grow plants from your own seed stash. With a directory of plants and easy-to-follow instructions, this is the perfect book for first-time gardeners....

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