Chelsea Green. ** Seed To Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable. Gardeners. Suzanne Ashworth. Seed Savers Exchange. Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, 2nd Edition Paperback – March 1, Seed to Seed is a complete seed-saving guide that describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of different vegetables. The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds. “The seeds that gardeners hold in their hands are living links in an unbroken chain reaching back into antiquity.” Suzanne Ashworth, Seed To Seed.
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General Seed Saving Information: Only save seeds from healthy plants whose fruit exhibit the traits desirable and expected for the variety. Eliminate any plants that show off characteristics prior to maturity. Make sure that you have a good population of a specific variety or you may weaken the line by not preserving the genetic diversity of the variety. Maintain the appropriate isolation requirements to ensure that cross pollination does not occur.
Storage Considerations. Before you store your seeds, make sure that you have thoroughly dried them. Use a fine screen, plastic, or glass to dry your seeds. I have had luck using coffee filters but seeds can stick to paper making removal nearly impossible.
If they are not dry, mold will develop and you will lose your precious containers of genetic information to rot. Store seeds in clearly labeled, airtight glass or metal containers in a cool, dark place. The colder, the better. Basements are good place but so are refrigerators.
It is highly desirable to maintain constant temperature and humidity. A small packet of desiccant placed in the container is beneficial to maintaining a dry environment.
Basically, seeds need to be kept in the environment that keeps them dormant and one that is opposite to what is necessary to make them grow. For more information, click here. This page is intended as a basic informational page. Although seed saving is not inherently difficult, there are basic precautions and techniques that must be followed and learned.
Please check out the suggested titles that we have in our bookstore. Beans are one of the easiest types of plants to start your seed saving journey with.
You simply sow them, eat all that you want, and then allow a portion of them to remain on the plants until they finish their life-cycle in the fall. All runner bean varieties will cross with each other, all garden bean varieties with each other, all lima bean varieties with each other, but the different species do not cross.
This means that you can safely grow one of each in close proximately to one another without worry of crossing. Biologically, bean plants produce perfect flowers. That is, they possess both male and female reproductive structures within the same flower.
Although this means that they do not require insects to reproduce pollinate and form seeds, they are attractive to insects. If you intend to save seed and maintain the purity of the variety, you will need to observe proper isolation.
With a long enough growing season, you can use time to prevent two varieties from crossing. However, this is usually not practical so isolation distances or blossom bagging will need to be maintained. Keep in mind that this is only an issue if you are raising more than one variety of a bean species or if you have gardening neighbors raising beans. The chart above lists recommended distances for maintaining purity. This is of course very dependant on the number of pollinating insects in your area.
I you observe few, perhaps you can get away with closer plantings.
If you are experimenting with distances or just want another tool for maintaining plant variety purity in your seed saving toolbox, never sow varieties with similar seed coat characteristics near one another.