** some seeds are easier than others to save, certain seeds require specific techniques and many hybridize
Have you ever scooped pumpkin seeds before carving a jack-o-lantern? You were halfway to “Seed Saving”, and if you cleaned them for roasting, you were almost there!
Instead of roasting the pumpkin seeds, simply cleaning and air drying them will provide you ample seeds to grow more pumpkins next spring. All seeds of the Cucurbitaceae family can be saved this way – squash, pumpkins, some gourds, zucchini, cucumbers, melons. You may already be familiar with “seed saving” peas and beans, if you have ever forgotten a few pods on the vine. When harvesting your beans and peas, leave a few pods on the plant to turn brown. Remove the hardened seeds from the pod and ensure they are entirely dry before storing.
Save seeds from fruit or vegetables you grow yourself, or purchase produce from local farmers, markets or gardeners to ensure suitable seeds for your climate.
There are so many different reasons to save your own seeds – from breeding your own garden favourites to trying new farmers-market specialties, you can grow varieties you might never be able to purchase. Cost-effective, one tomato can produce more seeds than a shopping basket full of seed packets! Using locally-adapted seeds will increase diversity while strengthening the health of your garden. Even if you just save seeds from just one variety you have come to love, and continue to purchase the rest of your seeds, the results are still very rewarding. Saving your own seed is a fun, economical way to get a jump on next year’s gardening season!