Saving Seeds: The Gardener's Guide to Growing and Saving Vegetable and Flower Seeds

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Grow It, Save It!

Looking for something to add excitement and interest to your garden? Try raising and saving seeds for your own vegetables and flowers!

Saving seeds is a time-honored traditionthat many gardeners are rediscovering. Anyone can become a successful seed saver — the only limitations are your time, space, and interest. And the benefits of growing and storing your own seeds are many:

* Save money on expensive yearly seed bills.

* ...

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Overview

Grow It, Save It!

Looking for something to add excitement and interest to your garden? Try raising and saving seeds for your own vegetables and flowers!

Saving seeds is a time-honored traditionthat many gardeners are rediscovering. Anyone can become a successful seed saver — the only limitations are your time, space, and interest. And the benefits of growing and storing your own seeds are many:

* Save money on expensive yearly seed bills.

* Select seed from plants that have thrived in your particular growing conditions.

* Preserve old-time and regional favorites, including heirloom vegetables and flowers that your grandparents grew.

* Share seeds from your favorite flowers and vegetables with family, friends, neighbors, and other gardeners.

Detailed seed information for each vegetable and flower gives you everything you need to know about how to raise, harvest, and store seeds for a lifetime of fruitful home gardening.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This paperback…will be treasured by both frugal gardeners and those committed to preserving old-time and regional strains of plants.”

United Press International

“This compact, clearly written book…is packed with common sense advice including how to pollinate, how to avoid unwanted crosses, and which plant qualities to look for….Novice and skilled gardeners alike will wish to experiment with this rewarding and satisfying practice.”

Library Journal

“Here in one compact paperback is all you need to know about growing garden plants from seed.”

Newark Star L edger

“Rogers tells you all you need to know to raise, harvest and store seeds for popular and easy-to-grow vegetable and ornamental plants. It’s a plus, not only for the frugal gardener, but as a means of preserving heirloom varieties.”

The Plain Dealer

“[Saving Seeds] tells you how to collect, dry, and store seeds, how to test them for germination and what to look for in the plants from which you save seeds.”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882666341
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/3/1991
  • Series: Down to Earth Gardening Book Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 268,858
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Rogers has written the popular and useful Saving Seeds.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Basic Information

Chapter 1 Why Raise Seeds?

Chapter 2 What Is a Seed?

Chapter 3 How Seeds Are Formed

Chapter 4 Annuals, Biennials, and Perennials

Chapter 5 Pollination

Chapter 6 Selecting Seed Parents

Chapter 7 Collecting Seeds

Chapter 8 Extracting and Drying Seeds

Chapter 9 Storing Seeds

Chapter 10 Testing Seeds

Part II: The Vegetables

Table I: Characteristics of Common Vegetables Saved for Seed

Monocotyledoneae

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Liliaceae (Lily Family)

Dicotyledoneae

Polygonaceae (Buckwheat or Rhubarb Family)

Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)

Tetragoniaceae (New Zealand Spinach Family)

Brassicaceae (Mustard or Cabbage Family)

Fabaceae (Bean Family)

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Apiaceae (Celery Family)

Solanaceae (Nightshade Family)

Cucurbitaceae (Gourd or Cucumber Family)

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Table II: A Checklist of Some Seed-Borne Vegetable Diseases

Part III: The Flowers

The Best Flowering Ornamentals to Save for Seed

Mail Order Seed Sources

Further Reading

Glossary for Gardeners

Average Frost Date Maps

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