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Herbs with dry seeds (such as dill, chives and cilantro) can also be collected and saved.
Seeds of many annual and perennials can easily be saved.
Allow flower seedheads to mature (turn dry and brown), then collect and store the seeds.
Good choices include larkspur, California poppy, corn poppy, scarlet runner bean, sweet William, cosmos, morning glories and columbines. Some snapdragons and zinnias will also breed true to type from seed. Even a few bulbs -- such as species tulips, Siberian squill, and striped squill -- readily can be grown from saved seed.
Seed Saver's Exchange (www.seedsavers.org) in Decorah, Iowa, is the epicenter of the heirloom seed movement. Since the mid-1970s, this nonprofit organization began actively promoting the preservation and exchange of heirloom seed varieties among its members. Members and nonmembers alike can order seeds from its extensive catalog.
Other places to order heirloom seeds include Seeds of Change (www.seedsofchange.com), Heirloom Seeds (www.heirloomseeds.com), Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (rareseeds.com) and Ronniger's Potato Farm (www.ronnigers.com).
Many other popular seed companies offer heritage and heirloom vegetables and flowers in their catalogs as well.