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Seed Growing and Saving Guidelines

 We recommend that you start with these super-easy crops:

Recommended Reading

  • Available through InfoSoup with your Door County Library card:
    • Seed Saving: A Beginner’s Guide to Heirloom Gardening by Caleb Warnock – very well organized and great for beginners
    • Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth – the classic seed saving guide; a very comprehensive book
    • The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving by Lee Buttala, Shanyn Siegel, et al. – winner of The American Horticultural Society’s Book Award
    • The New Seed-Starters Handbook by Nancy Bubel – great for beginners and more experienced gardeners
    • Pollinators of Native Plants by Heather Holm
  • A Seed Saving Guide for Gardeners and Farmers by Organic Seed Alliance – a condensed guide available as a free download
  • Various gardening publications can be found at the UW-Madison Division of Extension Learning Store
  • Wisconsin Native Plants – recommendations for landscaping and natural community restoration

The Door County Library has many more gardening and seed saving books that are available to borrow too!