Seedswap: The Gardener's Guide to Saving and Swapping Seeds

Seedswap: The Gardener's Guide to Saving and Swapping Seeds

by Josie Jeffery
     
 

An illustrated introduction to saving seeds—how to harvest seeds from your own garden, set up a seed library to share with your community, and grow plants from your own seed stash. With a directory of plants and easy-to-follow instructions, this is the perfect book for first-time gardeners.

In an exciting introduction to the global seed-swapping

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Overview

An illustrated introduction to saving seeds—how to harvest seeds from your own garden, set up a seed library to share with your community, and grow plants from your own seed stash. With a directory of plants and easy-to-follow instructions, this is the perfect book for first-time gardeners.

In an exciting introduction to the global seed-swapping movement, passionate seed activist Josie Jeffery explores why we should care about our plant heritage and, most importantly, explains how to do it. With an invaluable directory of all the best seeds to swap and save, Seedswap provides all the tools you need to start your very own growing revolution.

This book covers the what, who, and whys of seed swapping and seed saving. It advises where to start and how to get involved with the worldwide horticultural campaign to "save our seeds." The work of seed activist individuals and groups is highlighted with inspirational tips and tales, and there is insight into the practices of major seed companies and how this has affected seed diversity, as well as how "seed breeding" affects the future of plants. The work of seed collections and seed banks is explored, and advice is given on how to collect, clean, store, preserve, and raise seeds. The second part of the book contains an extensive plant directory, which is full of advice on how to grow plants from "seed to seed."

Contents
Foreword by Alan Philips, Seedy Sunday
Introduction by Andy Jackson, Kew
1. Seed Swapping
2. An Introduction to Seeds
3. The Benefits of Swapping
4. Sourcing and Saving Seeds
5. Seed Banks
6. Create a Seed Bank
7. Raising Seeds
Seed Directory
Seedswap Troubleshooter
Seed Libraries
Glossary
Index

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/16/2013
For many, the growing trend of organic gardening is challenge enough. Jeffery takes gardening to a new and often neglected level, that of understanding the heritage of the seeds being cultivated. Under the rubric of “seed activism,” Jeffery’s book serves not only as a general reference guide to understanding seeds and their growth habits, but also explores the larger mystery of the heritage of seeds and the benefits of preserving and sharing them. Gardeners from the U.K, as this author is, understand gardening broadly, because of the robust and refined gardening culture there, coupled with the ongoing innovations due to the constraint of limited geography. As a result, Jeffery offers expertise that is smart, simple, and practical. Seed-swapping etiquette must be upheld (the author gives advice), but once the rules of the game are realized, the world of swapping seeds is invigorating and satisfying. This helpful volume serves the earnest gardener who is in it for the long haul. (Jan. 7)
From the Publisher
"There is nothing more important in our times than saving seeds and swapping seeds. We are faced with a seed emergency caused by rapid disappearance of seed diversity; the replacement of renewable seeds with nonrenewable, patented seeds; and the perverse idea that seed saving and seed sharing is an 'intellectual property crime.' Seedswap will help spread the seeds of freedom."—Dr. Vandana Shiva, seed activist and founder of Navdanya International

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611800913
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
01/07/2014
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
729,887
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

JOSIE JEFFERY is a keen horticulturalist, seed activist, and grassroots gardener. She studied hoticulture and garden design in Brighton, where since 2009 she's also run a successful business, SeedFreedom. Josie is the author of Seedbombs: Going Wild with Flowers (Ivy Press, 2011) and Good Companions: The Mix & Match Guide to Companion Planting (Ivy Press, 2012).

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