There is no better feeling than growing your own food with seeds that you have saved from the previous season. I am reminded of this joy as I prepare to plant this years crop of sugar snap peas.
For the last 5 years I have been saving open pollinated sugar snap peas and it’s been a joyful experience. While I have only saved sugar snap pea seeds so far, in the near future I would like to try saving other varieties of vegetables as well.
One of the reasons I decided years ago to start growing open pollinated varieties of seeds was the idea of being able to save seeds from season to season. This seemed like a great way to save money and be more self-sufficient.
If you are not already growing open pollinated varieties, I would recommend that you give them a chance and while you’re at it try saving some seeds.
If you are interested in learning more about seed saving, I would recommend reading the book Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth. Another great resource is the organization Seed Savers Exchange, which has some great resources available on their website.
I will keep you posted on my progress and experiences with seed saving as the season goes on.
I save my Chinese long beans, bittermelons, and amaranth seeds and some others whenever possible.