How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds

A simple process can turn this year’s crop into next year’s harvest.

Seed Saving

If you’re like many backyard gardeners, the arrival of multicolored, tasty heirloom tomatoes is a high point of the fall yield.

Whether you prefer Tlacolula, Black Krim, or Berkeley Tie-Dye Green, these oddly sized and shaped open-pollinated heirloom beauties stand apart from their commercially grown, store-bought hybrid kin (in flavor and nutrition).

One way to more fully enjoy your homegrown bounty — and save some money in the process — is to practice the ancient farming tradition of preserving seeds from your favorite varieties to swap with neighbors and sow again in the spring.

Follow these steps to create your very own seed bank.

saving heirloom tomato seeds

Photography by John Mowers/Unleashed Productions





Heidi Wachter is an Experience Life staff writer.

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