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Saving Basil Seeds

Seed saving is obviously frugal, since you're getting for free something you would otherwise buy. If you buy the cheap brands at the drug store or Wal-Mart you spend .50-$1 for low quality, mass produced seeds. If you go through a seed magazine, buy organic, or purchase locally you will spend 3 or 4 times more. That reason alone is enough to save seeds. This is, however, not what I consider the greatest benefit of saving your own seeds.

At the end of the year, when your crops produce seed for next year it saves the adjustments that it has made for your specific soil, your climate, and the diseases prone to your area. It's like a tiny little hard drive right there in your flowering plant.

Here's my dried up flower from my basil...


And I plucked off each tiny flower...


I opened each one up and, lo and behold, a tiny black seed!


Dill is even easier to remove seeds, but a lot of people just let the seeds fall. Dill requires absolutely nothing to come back next year. See how the seeds are right at the end of each tiny branch? The flowers wilt away, but the seeds remain to be carried by a stiff wind or tossed around by a passing critter.


I put my cutting in a plastic bag and shook each one to get a good collection of seeds for next year.


Are you a seed saver?


  1. I save as many of ours as possible. You are so right... heirloom seeds really add up quick!

  2. I have some coneflowers and I plan to save those seeds. This fall we have got to work on our gardening plan. Our yard is so shady that we will actually have to clear some trees in order to have a good garden. Jackie


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