At first glance, saving seeds might seem obvious and easy, but there
are actually many detailed questions that arise. Some include:
How do you save the seeds?
What do they look like for different plants?
What conditions do you need for plants to produce seed?
When is the best time to harvest them?
How many do you get?
Can you eat the same plants that you get seed from, or do you have to keep food crops separate from seed crops?
To compound the problem, the answers to these and other questions
tend to be either scattered in numerous sources, or overwhelming with
complexity and extraneous information. There are many books and
references that can be found on seed saving. However, many of them are
overwhelming with family names, cross pollination, and lots and lots of
information on things you're not really interested in or don't have time
to memorize. It is true that saving seeds can be a challenge, if you
have large crop operations or you have many varieties of each type of
crop, but for the home gardener or small community operation, seed
saving doesn't have to be difficult.
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