Tips on Seed Saving Basics for Beginners and Beyond
This only means that we will start with the basics; the easiest seeds and the easiest seed-saving techniques.
There are many good reasons to save your own seeds. Cost is one of them.
Like tomatoes and lettuce, peppers are self-pollinated with a low chance of cross-pollination, so they are one of the easiest plants to save seed from.
The problem with natural cross pollination and hybridization is that the resulting seeds and plants are unreliable.
In the beginning, choose the easier plants to save seed from and that are easy to collect and prep for storage. Beans are a perfect candidate!
Most herb seeds can be easily saved. The seeds are tiny, though, so bagging the drying heads is recommended.
Even on frost-stricken plants you can often find good seed-saving candidates
Use whatever means of threshing (removing seeds) works best for you.
Some seeds, like tomatoes, are naturally gel-coated and will need the jelly-like coating removed.
The easy way to manage naturally-occurring genetic depression is to save seeds from several plants or more than one of each fruit or vegetable.