Starting & Saving Seeds: Grow the Perfect Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, and Flowers for Your Garden

Starting & Saving Seeds: Grow the Perfect Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, and Flowers for Your Garden

by Julie Thompson-Adolf


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Grow fabulous food and flowers from seeds, then save seeds to make next year's garden even better.
Creating dinner from food you’ve grown provides a fantastic sense of accomplishment. Now, imagine the pleasure of starting plants from seeds, tending them, planting them in your garden, harvesting their fruits, and enjoying a delicious meal or bouquet. But that's not the end of the journey. Now you can turn around and save the best seeds for next year’s garden. Suddenly, you’re self-sufficient; you’ve grown your own garden from seed to seed.
In this book, you'll find the tools you need to become a seed starting and saving champion. Author and gardening expert Julie Thompson-Adolf walks you through every step of the journey, making the entire process a joy. You’ll find hints to encourage stubborn seeds to germinate, lists of varieties to add to your garden, charts for quick growing reference, and simple DIY projects to aid your seed starting and saving adventure. (Learn how to make seed bombs and an indoor seed-starting station.) The extensive plant entries inside cover all the most popular vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. Get started with tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and melons, or chamomile, cosmos, sweet peas, and poppies—accompanied by beautiful photography from Libby Williams.
Whether you’re an experienced gardener new to seed starting and saving or a brand-new grower, you’ll soon have healthy, productive, beautiful plants for your garden.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760360798
Publisher: Cool Springs Press
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Edition description: New
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 156,157
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Julie Thompson-Adolf is an obsessive organic gardener, nature nut, ecoadventurer, animal advocate, and seed lover. As an experienced gardener and garden writer, Julie is best known for her brand and blog, Garden Delights. She practices a “seed-to-table-to-seed” approach, starting her plants from seeds, creating delicious meals and beautiful bouquets from the harvest, and saving seeds to plant in next year’s garden. Julie’s suburban “microfarm” is a regular site for tours and teaching. She’s a Master Gardener, has served on the National Garden Bureau’s Plant Nerds team, and joined with P. Allen Smith for Garden2Blog. Julie’s a member of Garden Writers’ Association, Slow Food, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, and many other environmental and gardening groups.

You can follow her garden, environmental, and travel writing on any of the major social media platforms:
Blog:              Garden Delights (
Facebook:     Garden Delights 
Twitter:          @garden_delights
Instagram:     @juliesgardendelights
Google+:       Julie Adolf

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Starting & Saving Seeds: Grow the Perfect Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, and Flowers for Your Garden 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Shelly9677 More than 1 year ago
As an amateur gardener I really appreciated Starting & Saving Seeds. Author and gardening expert Julie Thompson-Adolf takes the confusion out of the entire process for newbies and avid gardeners alike. I especially appreciated the hints to encourage stubborn seeds. The DIY tutorials are very helpful and the accompanying photography is stunning.
CharJones2525 16 days ago
Imagine “growing” your meals and your table bouquets from produce in your garden. This beautifully photographed and info-rich guide helps you do just that through showing you how to start plants through seeds you’ve saved. And once your garden is grown, you can save seeds for next year’s garden, becoming self-sufficient many times over. Includes tips on getting hard-to-grow seeds to flourish, ideas for what to add to your garden, easy DIY projects, plus quick growing reference charts. If you don’t yet have a green thumb, you soon will after reading Starting & Saving Seeds! 5 of 5 stars Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. Opinions are mine. Pub Date 02 Oct 2018. #StartingSavingSeeds #NetGalley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of the gardening books I have thumbed through always seem to start with the assumption that you already have seeds or seedlings ready to go. This is probably the most complete book I have come across as far as saving & starting seeds. The first three-quarters or so of the book are filled with beautiful, full-color photographs, tutorials & how-tos. The last quarter has individual information for harvesting and starting a variety of plants. While I received a free digital version of this book, I will be adding the hardcover to my library not only for the information but it is just in general a gorgeous book.
GothykMama More than 1 year ago
A definitive guide to choosing what green babies you want in your garden, how to start from scratch, and how to collect seeds from what you have grown. Extensive details are given for many kinds of fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs.  There is a fantastic index in the back and a huge list of resources. This is a reference you'll want to keep on your shelf and revisit again and again. I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.