The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs [NOOK Book]

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Learn how to collect, save, and cultivate the seeds from more than 300 vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, trees, and shrubs. It?s easy, and it?s fun! Authors Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough thoroughly explain every step in the seed-saving process. Descriptions of seed biology; tips on how to select plants for the best seeds; and advice on harvesting and cleaning, proper storage and care, and propagating and caring for new seedlings are all presented with clear, easy-to-follow instructions. Chapters dedicated...
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The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds: 322 Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs

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Overview

Learn how to collect, save, and cultivate the seeds from more than 300 vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, trees, and shrubs. It’s easy, and it’s fun! Authors Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough thoroughly explain every step in the seed-saving process. Descriptions of seed biology; tips on how to select plants for the best seeds; and advice on harvesting and cleaning, proper storage and care, and propagating and caring for new seedlings are all presented with clear, easy-to-follow instructions. Chapters dedicated to individual plants contain species-specific directions and detailed information. Gardeners of any experience level will find all the information they need to extend the life of their favorite plants to the next generation and beyond.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
02/01/2014
Highlighting the cycle of "plant, grow, save seeds, repeat," this organized reference offers an abundance of data on collecting, saving, and distributing seeds. (LJ 11/15/11)
Library Journal
Gough and Moore-Gough (coauthors, The Montana Gardener's Companion) are a married couple with 30 years of experience in gardening and saving seeds. The first part of their indispensable guide covers the biology, germination, sowing, harvesting, cleaning, and storage of seeds and includes information on breeding plants from seed and growing them for seeds. The second part is a handbook with instructions for saving the seeds of 322 vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits, trees, and shrubs. Brimming with useful information and practical tips, the guide translates plant science into clear language, with instructions that all gardeners can follow. Nicely laid out and illustrated with dozens of photographs, drawings, and charts that enhance the text, this is not only a solid reference source but a persuasive argument for saving seeds—it saves money, ensures cultivation of plants ideally suited to the conditions of your own garden, and helps preserve the genetic diversity of nature. A glossary, lists of resources and references, and an index round out the volume. VERDICT This comprehensive guide for novice and experienced gardeners alike is highly recommended to all interested readers.—Donna L. Davey, New York Univ. Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603427081
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 7/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 764,281
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Robert Gough holds a doctorate in botany and is Professor Emeritus of Horticulture at the College of Agriculture, Montana State University. He is the author of 17 gardening books, 500 extension service publications, and articles for Fine Gardening, Country Journal, National Gardening, Zone 4, Montana Magazine, and Harrowsmith. He served as Extension Horticulturalist in Montana, hosted the popular Dr. Bob’s Northern Gardening Tips radio program for 10 years, and was a panel member on PBS’s Montana Ag Live for 15 years. He is a Fellow of both the American Society for Horticultural Science and the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, as well as a member of the advisory board of Zone 4.

Cheryl Moore-Gough holds an M.S. in Plant Sciences from Montana State University, where she is now an adjunct assistant professor in horticulture. Cheryl has taught and coordinated the Montana Master Gardener program and has published numerous works alone and with her husband, Dr. Robert Gough, including five gardening books. She has written for Montana Magazine, Fine Gardening, American Nurseryman, and Zone 4 Magazine, and she hosts Northern Gardening Tips, which is broadcast by radio stations throughout Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota on the Northern News Network. She has been gardening and saving seeds in Montana for 30 years.

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Table of Contents

The Seed-Saving Revival
Those Amazing Seeds * Why Bother Saving Seeds? * How to Use This Book

Part 1: Saving Seeds: The Basics & Beyond

Chapter 1: Seed Biology 101
Flowers Come First * Pollination * Fruit and Seed Development

Chapter 2: Growing Plants for Seeds
Super Spacing for Seed Production * Preventing Unwanted Pollination * Hand Pollination * Selecting Your Seed-Stock Plants * Special Handling for Biennials

Chapter 3: Harvesting and Cleaning Seeds
Know What You're Harvesting * Timing the Harvest Just Right * Extracting and Cleaning Seeds

Chapter 4: Seed Storage Know-How
How Long Do Seeds Last? * Getting the Moisture Right * Getting the Temperature Right * Good Places to Store Seeds * Summing Up Storage Recommendations

Chapter 5: All About Germination
Nature's Exquisite Logic * Types of Seed Dormancy * Overcoming Seed Dormancy * Promoting Optimum Germination * The Waiting Game

Chapter 6: Sowing Seeds and Raising Transplants
Heat-Treating Seeds * Direct Seeding * Raising Transplants * Hardening Off * Setting Out Transplants * Creating a Nursery Bed

Chapter 7: Breeding Your Own Varieties
Plant-Breeding Basics * Breeding Hybrids

Part 2: The Handbook: From Vegetables to Nuts

Chapter 8: Saving Vegetable Seeds

Chapter 9: Saving Herb Seeds

Chapter 10: Saving Flower Seeds

Chapter 11: Advanced Seed Saving: Nuts, Fruits & Woody Ornamentals
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    Uncovered a nest of mice and killed them. She then hid her entire pile of prey and walked to res four.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2011

    highly recommended

    I had read an article about this book so I bought it. It is a great reference source for anyone interested in saving seeds - and, of couse, using them. All the information I need (and more) is included.

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