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Plan Ahead for Seed Saving – If you want to save seeds from your garden, you have to take isolation distances into account (how far apart plants must be to avoid cross contamination). Given that most people don’t have 500 feet between crops (or several miles in the case of corn) we have to strategize in order to save seed so it doesn’t cross pollinate with other species. As you plan your spring garden and take stock of your seed collection, take note of seed packets with only a few seeds left. Maybe that’s the only variety of cucumber you grow this season instead of 4 different types. Choose just one variety of corn and get your neighbors to grow it with you. Then you can all save seed together. It’s hard to limit ourselves in the garden, but you’ll be glad you did when you have free seeds for life. If you can’t limit yourself, then choose “selfers” (self-pollinating plants that rarely cross) like beans, peas, lettuces, Swiss chard, beets, basil, and umbels like parsley, cilantro, dill and celery. Or make a plan to tape up your squash and melon flowers and hand pollinate when the time comes. Find more information about seed-saving isolation distances here, and plan your garden with an eye toward saving seeds.