Every year my vision of my garden changes. The garden always includes edible plants, but my goals shift, my tastes change, and curiosity moves my choices in new directions, so that each year the garden is new, even though it always has, for example, tomatoes, peppers, and okra. This year the plants will be essentially the same (even though there will be some new varieties and some different kinds of greens), but this is the year that I will be working on seed saving in a more systematic way.
I’ve had a copy of Suzanne Ashworth’s book Seed to Seed for long enough that the text is making a home in my brain, and one of my new books for Christmas this year was Carol Deppe’s Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties. Between these two sources, information I’ve gleaned from various blogs and websites, and the successes I’ve had with saving the easiest kinds of seeds, I’m making plans to work on my melon problem (my favorite melon is a hybrid with limited availability) and to segregate flowers of several kinds of vegetables to insure that the varieties don’t get crossed with others nearby.
Of course, the main goal is to get as much good food as possible out of the space that I have, and many seed catalogs arriving in my mailbox promise abundant harvests of beautiful and delicious crops, but none of the catalogs I receive are from Georgia; the two nearest are Park and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.
This means that many of the seeds I buy from more distant (Pacific Northwest!) sources might not do as well as I would hope; they aren’t bred for this yard’s weather and soil. By saving more of my own seeds, from plants that do well in my yard, I’m hoping to improve the odds of having a successfully productive garden each year.