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Seed Sowing and Saving: Step-by-Step Techniques for Collecting and Growing More Than 100 Vegetables, Flowers, and Herbs

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Free Plants!

From Simple Seed-Saving Techniques

Here's all the information and guidance you need to start saving seeds from your favorite vegetables, herbs, and flowers and grow even more plants next year.

Dozens of at-a-glance charts and over 300 step-by-step illustrations show you how to determine when seeds are ready for harvest, how to collect them, and how to store them....

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Overview

Free Plants!

From Simple Seed-Saving Techniques

Here's all the information and guidance you need to start saving seeds from your favorite vegetables, herbs, and flowers and grow even more plants next year.

Dozens of at-a-glance charts and over 300 step-by-step illustrations show you how to determine when seeds are ready for harvest, how to collect them, and how to store them. Plus, you get time-proven tips, the kind that only an experienced horticulturalist can share, for starting seeds right.

Seed Sowing and Saving is packed with solid advice and information that teaches you how to:

• Successfully harvest seeds from more than 100 common vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs, and wildflowers

• Dry and store seeds, and test seeds for viability

• Sow seeds indoors to get a head start on the growing season

• Prepare soil and garden beds for transplants or direct sowing

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Turner demystifies the techniques of seed saving for modern gardeners in this practical guide…Reader-friendly prose, illustrative line drawings and master gardening tips will likely embolden even the most hesitant gardener to embark on a seed-saving adventure.”

Publishers Weekly

“Everything you wanted to know about saving flower and vegetable seeds but were afraid to ask.”

Newark Star-Ledger

“Turner’s guide is chock-full of advice on how to harvest and store seeds from more than 100 common vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs, and wildflowers.”

Tulsa World

“A practical book for the gardener interested in a more active role in the adventure of gardening.”

The Herb Companion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580170017
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/2/1998
  • Series: Gardening Skills Illustrated Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 503,021
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Freelance writer and horticultural consultant Carole B. Turner specializes in gardening techniques and native planting. Besides her Storey book, Seed Sowing and Saving, Carole has authored many articles in American Nursery and was an editor at Fine Gardening magazine. She lives in Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Sowing Seeds

2 From Seed to Bloom

3 Selecting Plants for Seed Saving

4 Collecting and Storing Seeds

5 Annual Vegetables

6 Biennial and Perennial Vegetables

7 Annual Flowers

8 Biennial and Perennial Flowers

Appendices

Optimal Germination Temperatures for Seeds

Characteristics of Common Vegetables Saved for Seed

Seeds that Require Special Treatment

Open-Pollinated (Standard) Varieties

Zone Map

Mail-Order Sources

Further Reading

Glossary

IndeX

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