Even the most effortless of practices, like saving seeds, can be beneficial for you and the environment. And though I’m guilty of ordering my seeds a lot more often than I should, I must admit this habit costs me a considerable sum of money. Now, the trend of harvesting seeds is all the rage, and it can do you better than just helping you save a couple of bucks. It’s a good way to live off the planet in a way that’s sustainable and responsible. Not to mention, it makes you feel like a crafty farmer.
Get Precious Seeds
There are certain seed varieties that aren’t as readily available now as they used to be. This is mainly due to them not being as profitable as other varieties. The corporate thought process allows hybrid seeds to take the place of natural ones.
While many corporations think a certain variety of seed won’t be as profitable to grow, the environmental conditions in your area can prove otherwise. Once you start saving your own seeds, you become reliant upon your sources and self-sufficient to a great extent.
It’s highly likely that you’re giving more love to your mall garden of crops than a farmer who has thousands of acres worth of crops to tend to. This gives you the benefit of getting better seed varieties that are healthier, resistant to disease, and produce better yield as well.
Also, since your crops will have thrived from the environment and temperature in your area, it’s probable they’ve adapted to the surrounding conditions as a variety. This can be beneficial because you won’t have to take a risk with new seeds that might not adjust to the environment you plan to grow them in.
No More Hybrids and Genetically Modified Organisms
Genetically modified organisms are highly common among seed varieties that you find at the local market, and even if you try to make a smarter move by purchasing organic types, it won’t be the most affordable decision.
By harvesting seeds from your own crops, you can avoid having to buy mediocre seed types developed to adapt to a wide range of climates. While this may seem beneficial, crops that stem from such seeds won’t be immune to attacks from pests.
When it comes to seed harvesting, you need to know that seeds from each crop category are derived differently. It also depends heavily upon the crop’s composition. Seeds that are often surrounded by dense membranes of pulp have to be dried before they can be stored carefully. Dry seeds just need to be dried a little more for good measure before storing. (more info here – also see My Homestead Planting Guide)
This is just a heads-up as to what’s about to come. I’ve grown interested in seed harvesting recently so I’ll be sharing how you should save each different type of seed. Until then, you can prepare to invest a little more effort in the farming process. Happy Farming!