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Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners
Seed to Seed Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners Author:Suzanne Ashworth, Kent Whealy Seed to Seed is a complete seed-saving guide that describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables. This book contains detailed information about each vegetable, including its botanical classification, flower structure and means of pollination, required population size, isolation distance, techniques for ca... more »ging or hand-pollination, and also the proper methods for harvesting, drying, cleaning, and storing the seeds.
Seed to Seed is widely acknowledged as the best guide available for home gardeners to learn effective ways to produce and store seeds on a small scale. The author has grown seed crops of every vegetable featured in the book, and has thoroughly researched and tested all of the techniques she recommends for the home garden. This newly updated and greatly expanded Second Edition includes additional information about how to start each vegetable from seed, which has turned the book into a complete growing guide. Local knowledge about seed starting techniques for each vegetable has been shared by expert gardeners from seven regions of the United States-Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast/Gulf Coast, Midwest, Southwest, Central West Coast, and Northwest.« less
Holly L. (irunamuk) reviewed Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners on
It gives a lot of info on the different families of plants, and how to preserve purity of lines, hand-pollenation, etc, but you'd better have at least a bachelors in botany if you plan on keeping up with this book. The New Seed-Starters Handbook by Nancy Bubel is much more practical for me.
If you have any interest on saving seeds for next year. This is the book! Not only tells you how to do it, but also has comintary from a master gardener from each region on the growing of the particular food.