Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners, 2nd Edition Paperback – Mar 1 2002
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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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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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i would give it 5 stars, but it is inanimate.
i learned things about planting i didn't know.
and i got some answers to questions i have had.
Great book with tons of information about individual plants. Highly recommended resource for anyone interested in using seeds to grow from start to finish. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2011 by Josh Weston