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Seed Growing and Saving Guidelines

How to plan your garden for seed saving

General seed saving instructions PDF and video

Seed saving protocol

 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!