FREE Heirloom Vegetable Seeds at Your Local Seed Bank

John from www.growingyourgreens.com visits his local seed bank to score some free heirloom, open pollinated and rare varieties of seeds to grow in his garden. Your local seed bank can be one of the best sources for seeds. Learn more about the West County Seed Bank and about how seed banks operate.

25 Responses to “FREE Heirloom Vegetable Seeds at Your Local Seed Bank”

  1. Hi John, I am planning to grow heirloom vegetables this year and as an added bonus, will be saving the seeds for next year. I’ve been looking for resources on saving seeds but haven’t been very successful. The biggest question that I haven’t found an answer to is the distance between varieties so to keep from cross pollinating. Specifically those you mention in the video that will cross pollinate if not done properly. Any info or resources you can send my way would be great. Thank You!

  2. Hi John, I am planning to grow heirloom vegetables this year and as an added bonus, will be saving the seeds for next year. I’ve been looking for resources on saving seeds but haven’t been very successful. The biggest question that I haven’t found an answer to is the distance between varieties so to keep from cross pollinating. Specifically those you mention in the video that will cross pollinate if not done properly. Any info or resources you can send my way would be great. Thank You!

  3. Living in the high desert it’s hard to garden well. Trying it though. Always on the lookout for your videos. I have bees hives that I usually supplement feed (bleak bee place). Would they cross pollinate (mess up) seed banking at my place? Thank you.

  4. Wiregrass Master Gardeners Association & Landmark Park (Dothan Alabama) are organizing 1st Ann seed swap in our area. We seek seeds we can share with attendees if they cannot bring their own. The Park is a historical park to preserve the natural southeast. We need heirloom seeds and seek donations from seed catalogs, exchanges and individuals. No fees are being charged for the swap. Would you send us a donation of seeds? I will send SASE. Zone 9 growing area Thank you

  5. inremembranceofruth Reply April 4, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Shall say it again – such a service you are doing John (and WC Seed Bank members as well!). I have seen outdated seeds being offered at neighborhood summer festivals (Eugene, OR.) – with many happy takers. I am coming down there in 2 weeks – just have to be in a climate with a longer growing season (with ease) and a plethora of wonderful nurseries, etc. Thank you for all that you share. I will be planning my adventure AROUND the latter:)

  6. inremembranceofruth Reply April 4, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Reading the last earnest comment about wanting to do it (save seeds) “right.” How I appreciate, John, that you urge us – over and over and over – to (generally)…just start growing food! Encourage us not to be unduly concerned about any particular aspect of food-growing, not to over(?)-analyze, not to wait for those ideal circumstances…but to just start growing food to the best of our abilities.

  7. inremembranceofruth Reply April 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    You are all doing people such a service – educating, sharing, and offering guidance. And introducing us to a seed bank so we know what to anticipate! What a wealth of varieties there appeared to be here. And a seed-mobile is a wonderful idea. Not surprised by the mention of “Transition” and “re-skilling.” How these go hand-in-hand with seed saving/sharing. Monsanto and the other corporate beasts? Grass-roots movements of the people will leave you by the wayside yet.

  8. growingyourgreens Reply April 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Look on my old videos for the seed saving lecture from an expert You CAN save seeds from hybrids, but NOT all your seeds you save will turn into the same HYBRID again, you may get new varieties that are desireable or undesirable . If you grow them out many generations You will get the original hybrid seeds you started with and they can be saved. Cross pollination is a problem if you are trying tosave a certain variety seed. With cross pollination comes diversity and you may get a new variety.

  9. Hi John – Thanks so much for doing this video, it was very helpful, and brought about some questions: Can you do a video that answers why you can’t save seeds of hybrids? Why is cross-pollination a problem for saving seeds? What determines an heirloom seed? Thanks! I want to get started saving seeds, but I want to do it right.

  10. good eats

  11. Oooh righteous corn! Can I send that to my brother in the Philippines?

  12. Its not amish like aim-ish, its like aww-mish. ;)
    just so ya know lol

  13. I am inspired by this video. In the KY area we don’t have a seed bank. I e-mailed several farms and seed companies about starting this up…I haven’t received any replies. I’m not giving up, I just may have to start it with my seeds this year that I save.

  14. How do u feel about the govt genetically changing the DNA off all plants to no longer produce their own seeds.

  15. growingyourgreens Reply April 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    not too hard. I do have a video that explains how much time it takes.. look it up..

  16. growingyourgreens Reply April 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Purchase some organic compost to start growing now. Also start a compost pile for growing later.. kitchen scraps, yard waste, mowed grass, etc.. ask neighbors for their “green waste”!

  17. growingyourgreens Reply April 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I grow 90%-95% of my vegetables year round. I eat am the “primary” eater out of my garden. I also share the harvest with friends. Its rare that im constipated. Usually happens when I travel and im not eating water-rich foods.

  18. ha ha you make me laugh “cold spell.” cute. :P

  19. I am planning on growing my first garden this year and I’ll pretty pumped about it. You have been one of my main motivators to finally do it. Two questions, one serious and one not as serious. One, what % of the food your grow do you yourself eat. Second, how many decades has it been since you have been constipated? In eating all those greens I might guess never!

  20. I’ve been watching lots of your videos, and the one thing I really wish I had was good compost. I can’t buy it except from a big-box store around here, so if I start my own pile from grass clippings and food waste, will I make enough to plant a decent garden next year? I feel like my onion/pepper bits that I toss out aren’t enough.. My neighbors might get mad if I steal their trash too..

  21. another informative vid thanks again. i am definitely going to save some more seeds this year.

  22. This is great info. 

  23. TheUrbanOutdoors Reply April 4, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    way cool

  24. jars in landfills “Bah!” Jars = cups ^_^

  25. Is it hard to maintain your garden?