It's easy to save seeds from your heirloom tomatoes!

Colleen Vanderlinden

I am a big believer in saving your own seeds whenever possible. I save seeds from my vegetables, herbs, and flowers (my fridge has an entire shelf devoted to seeds!)

The following list provides you with instructions for saving seeds from some of the most popular garden vegetables. These are also crops that are fairly easy to save seed from. Some crops are much more complicated, and we'll get to those in another post. A few things you should keep in mind:

- Save seeds only from heirloom or open-pollinated varieties. Hybrids will produce seeds, but the plants that grow from them won't be like the one you collected the seeds from. You could get just about anything.

- If the instructions recommend isolating varieties to prevent cross-pollination, this can be done easily by simply putting a nylon around a cluster of flower buds, and removing it after fruits start to form. This ensures that pollinators can't get to the blooms.

- Be sure to label your seeds! You may think you'll remember what you saved...you won't. Trust me.

How to Save Vegetable Seeds

- How to Save Bean Seeds

- How to Save Cucumber Seeds

- How to Save Eggplant Seeds

- How to Save Lettuce Seeds

- How to Save Melon Seeds

- How to Save Pepper Seeds

- How to Save Pumpkin Seeds

- How to Save Summer Squash Seeds

- How to Save Tomato Seeds

- How to Save Winter Squash Seeds

Saving seeds from your garden helps you save money, ensure you can keep growing a favorite variety, and keep heirloom varieties in production. For a little bit of effort, you get plenty of rewards!