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The Junior Seed Site – A shorter and simpler version of The Seed Site especially for younger gardeners, with hints on choosing plants, sowing seeds, recognising your seedlings and collecting your own seeds, and some templates for seed envelopes to colour in.

I hope you find these pages helpful. Once again, here are all the sections on the site:

Database – bringing together the information from the other sections, with Latin names, Plant Family, English common name, Germination information, photographs of Seedpod, Seed and Seedling, for over 600 plants.

Seed Sowing – General information about how, when and where to sow seeds by several different methods. Explains the reasons you might want to use winter sowing, and suggests plants you can start this way. Includes a photo guide to seed sowing and pricking out.

A website devoted entirely to seeds!
WELCOME to my webpages about seeds – collecting seeds, storing seeds, sowing seeds, germinating seeds
and exchanging seeds, with pictures of seeds, seedpods and seedlings (and a bit of botany!)

I’d like to think everything on these pages is right, but I’m only a gardener, and have no botanical qualifications or experience.
If you find any errors, please let me know.

Seeds and Seed Pods – If you want to collect your own seeds, but aren’t sure what the seed or seedpod looks like, or if you have seeds without a name, hopefully this section will help you identify them. Life-size pictures of 1000 seeds in alphabetical order of their Latin name, 950 seeds sorted by size and shape, and close-up images of 900 seeds to show more detail. Photographs of 500 seedpods (sorted by alphabetical order of Latin name or according to the Plant Family they belong to) so you can recognise those too.

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