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The Complete Guide to Preserving Your Own Seeds for Your Garden: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

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Seeds are the essence of life on earth, providing the genetic information needed for every plant we currently use for growing food, harvesting for clothing, and creating homes and furniture with. For the everyday person they are vital for the creation of gardens and plant life, while for others they represent the future of the earth as in the case of the Doomsday Seed Vault in Norway which opened in March 2008 with the intention of housing more than 3 million seed samples from around the world. While you will ...

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The Complete Guide to Preserving Your Own Seeds for Your Garden: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

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Seeds are the essence of life on earth, providing the genetic information needed for every plant we currently use for growing food, harvesting for clothing, and creating homes and furniture with. For the everyday person they are vital for the creation of gardens and plant life, while for others they represent the future of the earth as in the case of the Doomsday Seed Vault in Norway which opened in March 2008 with the intention of housing more than 3 million seed samples from around the world. While you will never need to store three million seed samples, you may need to preserve a handful for next year’s growing season.

Which is why this book was developed – to help any individual who is seeking to start preserving their own seeds for future use and growing. You will learn everything you need to know to effectively grow and preserve seeds, starting with process of sowing the seeds at the very start. From there you will learn how to seed the plants until they bloom and how to select plants for harvesting and saving seeds.

The process of collecting the seeds is outlined in detail with information about annual vegetables, biennial and perennial vegetables, annual flowers, and biennial and perennial flowers. You will learn the optimal germination temperatures for your plants as well as the best vegetables that are easiest to save for seed.

Dozens of gardening experts from all walks of life have been interviewed and have provided their insights on how you can specially treat your plants for germination and what varieties are out there, including open pollinating plants. You will be provided a zone map to show you which plants are best for your region and additional resources in appendices for where to order materials and more information. For anyone who has ever wanted to grow and save their own seeds, this book is ideal for your situation.

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president’s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice.  Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

This Atlantic Publishing eBook was professionally written, edited, fact checked, proofed and designed. The print version of this book is 288 pages and you receive exactly the same content. Over the years our books have won dozens of book awards for content, cover design and interior design including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award for excellence in publishing. We are proud of the high quality of our books and hope you will enjoy this eBook version.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781601383525
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/30/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

    Preserving Your Own Seeds For Your Garden By Katie A. Murphy Y

    Preserving Your Own Seeds For Your Garden

    By Katie A. Murphy

    You don’t have to have an enormous garden to get the most from this book. You can grow plants just about anywhere you can fit a planter or window box, and as Murphy emphasizes; you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars at the nursery. All you need to start is a few packets of seeds. After that, you can learn how to collect seeds and cuttings from your own plants and replenish your garden for free, year after year.

    Murphy guides readers through a concise and easy to follow tour of plant reproduction and seed anatomy. She then explains how and when to begin harvesting mature seeds and the best way to store them for planting the following year. The middle section of the book provides a quick reference guide for a variety of the most common vegetables, fruits and flowing plants. Subsequent chapters cover:

    • Seed scarification
    • Germination outdoors
    • Indoor and outdoor planting
    • Transplanting
    • Soil basics
    • Pest control

    Whether you are an expert gardener or a hobbyist, this is the perfect companion for seed selection, preservation and cultivation.


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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    Whether you are a garden newbie with a bit of dirt under your fi

    Whether you are a garden newbie with a bit of dirt under your fingernails or a Master Gardener whose whole hand is green, not just your thumbs, a copy of The Complete Guide to Preserving Your Own Seeds for Your Garden is a perfect tool for great ideas and insights.

    The writing is friendly and encouraging on growing healthy plants resulting in strong seeds. Much of the vast amount of information, understanding a plant's sexuality or choosing the right seed, is fully comprehendible, and the addition of B/W photos and illustrations offers further explanation.

    Fruit, vegetables, and flowers/ornamentals are divided into chapters, and separated again into their "family" names like watermelons and cucumbers being part of the Cubitaceae Family. Not only will your garden flourish, so will your trivia knowledge.

    Case studies written by gardening experts give advice on extracting, cleaning, drying, and storing seed. Learn how to avoid problems like not touching just watered plants as the moisture transfers poisonous acids from your skin.

    A listing of national seed exchanges makes it easy to enter the fraternity of like-minded gardeners.

    If your garden consists of a few containers on an apartment terrace or a quarter of an acre with this book, you will never have to pay big money for those brightly colored seed packets again.

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