The Seed Garden: A New Seed Saving Guide

The Seed Garden: A New Seed Saving Guide

Over the last four years, Seed Savers Exchange and the Organic Seed Alliance have written and edited a foundational text for the backyard seed saver. The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving brings together knowledge from the foremost seed saving organizations in the United States to teach beginners the basics of seed saving and help seasoned seed savers take their efforts to the next level. Find out more about the forthcoming book here!

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A Movement Towards Community Seed

A Movement Towards Community Seed

To ensure communities can feed themselves, seed saving must become a fundamental practice. Whether a food pantry, community garden, or public library, myriad ways exist for seeds and seed saving knowledge to be shared. Does your community currently save seeds? Would you like them to?

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Gardens, Libraries, and La Dolce Vita

Gardens, Libraries, and La Dolce Vita

At first glance, it may seed odd that an organization known and loved for promoting dirt under your fingernails would have a library. But the library has grown to become an essential part of the mission-driven daily life of Seed Savers Exchange, providing information essential to researching the history of valuable heirloom seeds.

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Winter Care of Your Fruit Trees

Winter Care of Your Fruit Trees

With October here and a distinct chill in the air, it time to think about protecting all your fruit trees that you’ve nurtured through the growing season. Fruit trees are especially attractive to animals that love to eat the bark and nibble the buds for winter food. If you want to avoid the cost of replacing trees year after year, make a plan now to keep pests away.

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Pollination and Preservation

Pollination and Preservation

Step by step guides to the hand pollination of corn and squash as well as resources on rearing pollinators for your fields or gardens. Free downloadable resources for you to save and print, including a guide to Midwestern Native Pollinators. 

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Tools of the Trade: Our Top 10 Seed Saving Supplies

Tools of the Trade: Our Top 10 Seed Saving Supplies

Saving seeds from your home garden is easier than it may seem, but never underestimate the power of having the right tools for the job. Here are some of our favorite tools for beginning backyard seed savers and an explanation of how to use them.

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Storing Heirloom Squash Over the Winter

Storing Heirloom Squash Over the Winter

If you have winter squash in your garden that are ready to be harvested, these simple steps can help you store them a bit longer so that you can delay  processing, seed saving, and pie making until later in the winter when you’ve worked your way through your less patient produce.

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Saving Seeds from Biennial Plants

Saving Seeds from Biennial Plants

This month we asked two experienced staff members at Seed Savers Exchange to share their knowledge about saving seeds from biennials. Our Field Manager, Bryan Stuart, and one of our Field Technicians, Trevor Madsen, took the time to answer a few questions about biennial plants. Read on for their detailed responses or click through the slideshow for some quick biennial seed saving steps.

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Collection to Catalog

Collection to Catalog

The introduction of the Limited Edition “From the Preservation Gardens” line of seeds to the SSE catalog in 2013 brought the heartwarming, funny, and sometimes curious stories of varieties from our on-site preservation collection into the homes of thousands of Americans. The SSE catalog is responsible for producing an annual infusion of fresh pieces of history along with member favorites.

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Seed Storage at Home

Seed Storage at Home

It’s 10:00 PM. Do you know where your children are? Some of you may be too young to remember this public service announcement from evening television programing during the 60s and 70s. For some reason, I was reminded of it when I sat down to write a blog post about seed storage. Does your seed storage system help you fulfill your goals for your seed? Does it manifest intention more than neglect? When spring time comes, do you know where your seeds are?

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