This is our first year saving our garden seeds. We purchased organic and or open pollinated seeds and used some given to us by neighbors. I was amazed to see that our bush beans (the seeds were burgundy red) have produced speckled white-ish-pink seeds. We have our tomato seeds soaking in little jars of water to help get the 'slime' off of them. Peas (bush, sugar snap & sweet) are packaged .. along with a host of other types. It will be interesting to see what they produce next year.
Last spring I planted a small 'finger' of organic ginger in a small pot with potting soil. It was kept indoors and produced a two foot palm-leaf looking green shoot. I watered it once in a while .. and last week dug up the ginger to see what was growing. It was double in size with several small nubs growing .. and roots. The biggest portion was broken off and two nubs replanted in the pot. It tasted amazing added to some cooked apple topping for our French toast this morning. I will store it in the freezer and use a fine grater as needed.
Last fall I planted Spanish rojo garlic bulbs. They produced small heads of great tasting hardneck variety, and is a good choice for cold climates. They are supposed to store well, too. After reading a blog post at Down To Earth last week about imported garlic from China, it's nice to have our own supply. If you are concerned about eating healthy AND love garlic, it's a must read article. If you don't grow your own garlic, buy organic or garlic from California. I was shocked to read that my large jug of sliced-dehydrated garlic from Costco (McCormick brand) says product of China in fine print on the back.