Our wonderful garden volunteers have been helping us save seeds ready to be stored over winter.
There are so many reasons to save seeds - whether you have a tiny window box or a sprawling garden, anyone can get involved and enjoy the many benefits. Here are just a few:
- Saving seeds is a way to preserve cultural and historical traditions, such as heirloom varieties of plants that have been passed down through generations.
- Adaptation to local conditions: Seeds saved from plants that have grown well in your local climate and soil conditions may be better adapted to those conditions than seeds purchased from a distant location.
- Biodiversity. Many commercial seeds are bred for specific characteristics, such as size or shape. Saving seeds from a diverse range of plants can help preserve the genetic diversity of crops, which is important for the long-term health of the plant population.
- Connection to nature. The process of saving seeds can be enjoyable and fulfilling, as it allows you to be more self-sufficient and connected to the plants you are growing.
- Saves money. Buying seeds each year can be expensive. By saving your own seeds, you can cut down on these costs.
If you sign up to the @seedsavingnetwork we’ll send you free seeds!