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Start with Healthy Plants

To pass along the best genes, take seeds from open-pollinated plants (not hybrids) that are robust and disease-free. Tomatoes, peppers, beans, and peas are typically good choices for beginners, as are flowers with large, easy-to-extract seeds, such as sunflowers.
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