Native Adapting Seeds

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Saving seeds from robust plants that grow well and replanting them preserves genes fit for your soil. Learn about getting into seed saving from an organic farmer in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Daniel Botkin

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You know, there's another advantage to saving your own seed and re-planting them in your garden. When you buy a seed from the store and plant it, you're getting someone else's genetics, that's been adapted to someone else's soil, and someone else's micro climate, and weather, and all the conditions, the nutrients, etc. When you save your own seed, year after year, there's an interesting change that occurs. You might start out with a generic marina d' key cogia, but year after year, the one's that you save, are the ones that did the best in your micro habitat. That did the best with your nutrients, in your soil, with the weather, and the conditions in your farm. Therefore, you are actually propagating seed that is native adapted. Slowly but surely, the seed becomes stronger and better for your particular conditions. And this is a significant fact, when you're doing this kind of permaculture, sustainable, micro agriculture. Because, we really don't have the leeway to have crop failure. We need to shoot for success. And so, if I'm planting seed, I would much rather plant the seed that grew here, that adapted to our conditions, and probably will produce a superior product to anything that we get. Whether imported from Italy, or brought in from Iowa, or wherever else the seed came from. So, that's kind of a hidden value in this whole seed saving craft, is the fact that we can participate in history, and participate in, and improve the actual evolution and improvement of the crop.