Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners

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Chelsea Green Publishing, 2002 - Gardening - 228 pages
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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 caging 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.

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User Review  - Lakenvelder - LibraryThing

I was needing more information on seed collection for my vegetable garden to save some of the varieties I grow. This book put out by the Seed Savers Exchange and written by Suzanne Ashworth is an ... Read full review

Good book to beginning gardners

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I glanced at the book but have not read it page by page. It looks like a great book for me. Read full review

Contents

Saving Our Garden Heritage
13
Seed Cleaning Methods
26
MAJOR VEGETABLE FAMILIES
35
BRASSICACEAE
47
CHENOPODIACEAE
69
COMPOSITAE
79
CUCURBITACEAE
97
LEGUMINOSAE
125
UMBELLIFERAE
173
OTHER FAMILIES WITH VEGETABLE MEMBERS
187
CONVOLVULACEAE
193
LABIATAE
204
MARTYNIACEAE
210
VALERIANACEAE
216
SELECTED REFERENCES
223
Copyright

SOLANACEAE
151

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About the author (2002)

Suzanne Ashworth is an educational administrator living in Sacramento, California, whose spare time and large backyard are completely devoted to gardening. Suzanne has donated the text of Seed to Seed to help support the work of the Seed Savers Exchange, a genetic preservation organization with 8,000 members who are working together to maintain and distribute heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits, grains, flowers, and herbs.

Kent Whealy is the cofounder of Seed Savers Exchange, a nonprofit organization committed to saving heirloom garden seeds from extinction. Founded in 1975 by Kent and Diane Whealy, Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) now has nearly 8,000 members around the world. Its headquarters are at Heritage Farm in Decorah, Iowa.

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