The Manual of Seed Saving

The Manual of Seed Saving

Harvesting, Storing, and Sowing Techniques for Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits

Book - 2013 | English-language ed.
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As small-scale gardens and farms continue to pop up in back yards and on balconies, food growers are embracing the process by planting, preserving, and pickling their produce. Now this guide offers the expertise needed to carry that sensibility even further to practice seed saving. 

“Makes it easy to find information in a snap, on most any edible you want to grow.” —Kylee Baumle, Horticulture

Growing vegetables, fruits, and herbs from seed has many benefits for both the gardener and the planet. Why save seeds when you can buy them so cheap? Not only does seed saving allow you to grow a diverse, organic array of fruits and vegetables, it also offers an opportunity to work closely with nature and be even more hands-on with the food you grow, cook, and eat. Supported by research from the global conservation organizations Arche Noah and Pro Specie Rara, The Manual of Seed Saving features information on how to maximize seed quality and yield for crop plants like asparagus, carrots, corn, rhubarb, spinach, squash, and tomatoes. Plant profiles include critical information on pollination, isolation distances, cultivation, harvest, storage, and pests and diseases.

Baker & Taylor
Features information on how to maximize seed quality and yield for more than one hundred crop plants, including carrots, spinach, and tomatoes.

Book News
Heistinger's seed saving handbook starts off by discussing the benefits of propagating your own vegetable seed and basics of seed-centered gardening, botany, and trait inheritance. A number of seed plants are then listed alphabetically, covering many types of vegetables, edible seeds, herbs, legumes, and nightshades. Each entry presents instructions for growing good seed, including pollination, harvest, selection, pest management, and historical notes. A glossary and seed/equipment source list are provided. The volume is illustrated with color photographs on most pages. Annotation ©2014 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Portland [Or.] : Timber Press, 2013.
Edition: English-language ed.
ISBN: 9781604693829
Characteristics: 343 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.


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