Survival Gardening–Discover What to do to Save Those Seeds!

I was reading a gardening magazine the other day,and the article mentioned a book called Seed to Seed. It tells about what to do about saving those seeds you want to keep for next year. It’s getting late in the season for saving some kinds of seeds, but maybe it’s not too late for everything. There’s squash, pumpkins, beans, maybe even your tomatoes, if you still have any left out.

Besides, when it comes to seed saving, there’s always next year, and it’s a good idea to start learning about saving seeds right now. And Seed to Seed, by Suzanne Ashworth is the book you need if you’re serious about saving seeds.

You may be aware that some people breed their own plants, like squash or beans, and have even started small heirloom seed businesses by doing it. On the other hand, some people just like to know they’re able to make sure they’ve got the seeds they need for their survival garden. There may come a time when we can’t get seeds from seed companies like we can now.

Here’s a description of this book.


Seed to Seed is a complete seed-saving guide that describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables. This book contains detailed information about each vegetable, including its botanical classification, flower structure and means of pollination, required population size, isolation distance, techniques for caging or hand-pollination, and also the proper methods for harvesting, drying, cleaning, and storing the seeds. Seed to Seed is widely acknowledged as the best guide available for home gardeners to learn effective ways to produce and store seeds on a small scale. The author has grown seed crops of every vegetable featured in the book, and has thoroughly researched and tested all of the techniques she recommends for the home garden. This newly updated and greatly expanded Second Edition includes additional information about how to start each vegetable from seed, which has turned the book into a complete growing guide. Local knowledge about seed starting techniques for each vegetable has been shared by expert gardeners from seven regions of the United States-Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast/Gulf Coast, Midwest, Southwest, Central West Coast, and Northwest.


Here’s info about the book’s author.


Suzanne Ashworth is an educational administrator living in Sacramento, California, whose spare time and large backyard are completely devoted to gardening. Suzanne has donated the text of Seed to Seed to help support the work of the Seed Savers Exchange, a genetic preservation organization with 8,000 members who are working together to maintain and distribute heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits, grains, flowers, and herbs.


To get your copy of Seed to Seed, click on its title where you see it linked in this post. That will open a new window which takes you to the page where it’s featured. Place your order there. In fact, why not get a copy for a fellow gardener who’d like to start saving seeds?


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

4 thoughts on “Survival Gardening–Discover What to do to Save Those Seeds!”

  1. Both the article and info on saving seeds are VERY helpful in survival.

    We have recently started our seed bank and had success this year with heirloom tomatoes from last years crop.

    People need to know that most hybrids will not produce the exact same food as the year before – IF they produce at ALL, so seed saving is best done with heirloom, non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds.

    Great post and wonderful addition again John!

    Best Blessings!

  2. Quite right about the hybrid and nonhybrid seeds. Hybrids don’t breed true, so you never know what characteristics plants will revert back to. Nonhybrid or open pollenated seeds are what should be saved. Often seeds are labeled as hybrids on the package or when purchased from catalogs.


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