With the end of the tomato season here it’s time to think about saving seed for next years crop. But why save seeds? Isn’t it easier to just buy new seed each year?
Well there’s many reasons to save your own seed which I’ll go in more depth on in the future but you can develop varieties which are adapted to your growing conditions (climate, soil etc), select for any traits you like, preserve unique heritage varieties which may have been passed down through generations for centuries, start your own family variety, maintain genetic diversity and it’s cheaper too!
If you have heritage seeds you can protect them from cross pollinating and make sure they ‘breed true’. If you bought hybrid seeds (often labeled F1) seed saved from this won’t breed true, but if you save tomato seed it will grow a tomato plant, albeit slightly different from the parent, and you might just like it even more.