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Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, 2nd Edition [Paperback]

Suzanne Ashworth , Kent Whealy , David Cavagnaro
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Book Description

March 1 2002

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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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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"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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seed to Seed- Honest and Unbiased Jan. 4 2011
By atanali TOP 500 REVIEWER
I was looking for a book that thoroughly covered saving seeds- how to do it, what they looked like, when to do it, etc. because to be honest, I knew nothing about it.
I can now highly recommend this book. It provides all the info you need to know, including: an explanation on how plants cross-pollinate, how you can prevent cross-pollination, how to process seeds for each vegetable type, how to tell when seeds are ready, how to harvest seeds, how to hand pollinate, why to grow heirlooms, as well as numerous seed saving/buying sources so as to obtain rare and common varieties. This is a book I am using often and will continue to do so. When I need to know how far apart I plant different varieties, 'Seed to Seed' is the book I take off my shelf.
It's definitely worth a buy- you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN IMPORTANT BOOK FOR ALL GARDENERS Jan. 10 2013
By Ed
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This book has a wealth of information about saving seeds. It not only tells how to save seeds but also give info about organizations in the U.S. and Canada that you can become a part of to help preserve endangered varieties of veggies. There is also good leads on where to get heirloom seeds online. It is a must read for all gardeners.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a word- WOW! Feb. 25 2003
By A Customer
Great book and worth every penny. Take it traveling with you and come home with some great seeds!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough July 29 2011
For someone who has never gardened before, I was very excited to take on the task. I purchased this book and am glad I did. However, to try to take on saving each vegetables seed on ones first year of gardenening? Too daunting. I will be saving my tomato and pepper seeds this year, and I'll try to add a few more next year. Great book, in a time where heirloom, organic gardening and seed saving is so crucial, and becoming a lost art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the gardener in your life July 2 2014
By Mylène Bergeron Francoeur TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This was a gift for my sister-in-law, who thrives on gardening, crossing plants and other such activities. She is currently trying a few techniques explained within the book and will be trying to save her first batch of seeds this year. Seems like this one is a keeper, with lots of useful knowledge. Happy with my purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The future in our hands June 28 2014
Without a doubt, a suburb resource for those whom wish to ensure that we have a resource that is so important to us all, food.
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