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If you do decide to save vegetable seeds, it's easiest to take seeds from crops that are self-pollinated. These are less likely to be crossed with other cultivars and, therefore, less likely to carry seed-borne diseases. You can save seeds from asparagus, beans, broccoli, eggplant, pepper and tomato. Do not save seeds from hybrids of these crops, as they will not breed true.

Because cross-pollination among cultivars of the same crop is so common, home-saved seeds of some vine crops are likely to be mixed, although cucumbers, muskmelons, pumpkins, squashes, cushaws and watermelons do not cross with each other.

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