Your garden this year was a phenomenal success, and the quality of the vegetables produced encourages you to save the seed for next year's garden. Provided the plants you have grown are non-hybrid or heirloom plants, saving the seeds does not require a lot of effort, and can save you money the next growing season.
Allow the seed from beans, peas, corn and okra to dry on the plant. Harvest the dried pods into a paper bag. Place the pods or corn on newspaper in a well-ventilated area for several days to continue the drying process.
Scoop the seeds from mature cucumbers, squashes, tomatoes, pumpkins and other fleshy vegetables into a glass jar or bowl. Allow the seeds to sit for two to three days in their own liquid. Pour into a strainer and rinse the seeds. Dry on paper towels.
Place seeds in envelopes or glass jars and mark the envelopes with the contents.
Place the envelopes or jars in the freezer for two days. This will kill any insects or other pests.
Store the envelopes or jars in a cool, dry area until the next growing season.