Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for the Vegetable Gardener

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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.

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882424580
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Series: Gene Logsdon Titles Ser.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 140,549
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Preface

"An estimated 60 million Americans grow a portion of their own food in a vegetable garden. Their planting needs are supplied by 255 mail order seed companies, countless local outlets for seeds and plants, and the ever-present grocery store seed rack . . . There have always been a substantial minority of gardeners, however, who bypass the garden seed industry completely by saving their own seeds from year to year. Some of these seed savers, remnants of a recently lost peasant agriculture which purchased nothing that could be produced at home, are still planting the same vegetable varieties that their great-grandparents grew. Other new converts to seed saving may be trying to save something special discovered along the way, or to obtain unique plant material not available commercially. Still others have simply been touched by the powerful satisfaction that comes from a garden which is genuinely self-perpetuating."--from the Introduction

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

    Phenomenal Resource - the best guide to saving seed I've found.

    Seed to seed is an indispensable resource for anyone learning to breed and save seed from their own vegetables. We have used it regularly on our farm for the last four years. It is thorough but practical and easy for the lay person to follow, and lots of fun to experiment with. Plant breeding and seed saving, once essential routines in every year of a common person's life, are just now being rekindled as valued arts in today's culture, and countering recent trends in genetic modification and monoculture crops, thank God! This book is the ultimate tool for anybody aiming for self reliance, maintenance of genetic integrity and diversity in food crops, and good eating.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Great book !

    I was surprised with how good this book really is. It explains how to deal with seeds, how each plant reacts to different climate zone, pollination, etc. I highly recommend it. Introduction part is so beautifully written that it made me want to run out and plant something right away.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2012

    This book isn't for someone that doesn't know what they want or

    This book isn't for someone that doesn't know what they want or how to get there, like the Anonymous was said not great pictures but informative as the movie Zeitgeist: Moving Forward.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2011

    Informative but unexciting presentation. Very disappointed.

    The inside is all black and white with lower quality photos. All info is so bunched together it's not easy to see where one vegetable ends and the next begins. After the annoyance of understanding exactly where the vegetable I was looking for was I did think it was informative but not clear to understand. Pictures of the process would have made a huge difference for this book. I don't like "how to" books that I have to struggle to find what I'm looking for, and then have to read it over and over to fully understand how to do it. I am disappointed I got this. I thought it would be a clear and easy reference guide and it is not.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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