Seed Saving – should you do it?
My sister texted me this picture yesterday and wrote “you should write a blog post on seed-saving”.
The problem is, I don’t know much about this topic. I wish I did.
Someday when I have nothing else to do, I will do all of the things I wish I could do now. (Moms, you know what I’m talking about!)
I understand that seed-saving can be an invaluable resource – such as in instances where a certain crop disease destroys all current plants. Or if a plant pest wipes out something (I’m talking wide-scale here, not just your own garden).
I don’t think most of us realize how much we depend on seeds (and the plants they grow into). Think back on what you’ve eaten so far today. How many of those things depend on some sort of seed growing into a plant/grain to produce food? What if there was a global catastrophe that wiped out the ENTIRE species of that plant?
I know those scenarios are a little far-fetched, but anything could happen, right?
In that instance, what would you do for food for your family?
I’m not a conspiracy-theorist, but I do have the desire to be more and more self-sufficient, mostly where it concerns our food.
Since I know very little about seed-saving, I went on Amazon and looked for books on the topic. I found a few – I haven’t read ANY of these but they look promising (especially the middle one):
I have so many questions about seed-saving, like:
1) Is it hard?
2) What are the benefits?
3) How do you store the seeds until next year? (cool, dry, warm, etc?)
4) Can you continue to do it year after year with the same plants?
Seed Savers Exchange is another great resource if you are at least interested in using seeds that have been “saved” from previous crops and generations. Heirloom seeds are one of the many cool things they offer. Check them out!
Do you seed-save?