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The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds
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The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds
322 Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, Flowers, Trees, and Shrubs
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Learn how to collect, save, and cultivate the seeds from more than 300 vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, trees, and shrubs. In this comprehensive guide, Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough provide simple instructions that clearly explain the whole process, from basic plant biology to proper seed storage and successful propagation. Gardeners of any experience level will find all the information they need to preserve genetic diversity, cut costs, and extend the life of their favorite plants to the next generation and beyond.

Learn how to collect, save, and cultivate the seeds from more than 300 vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, trees, and shrubs. In this comprehensive guide, Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough provide simple instructions that clearly explain the whole process, from basic plant biology to proper seed storage and successful propagation. Gardeners of any experience level will find all the information they need to preserve genetic diversity, cut costs, and extend the life of their favorite plants to the next generation and beyond.

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  • Robert Gough holds a doctorate in botany and is Professor Emeritus of Horticulture at the College of Agriculture, Montana State University. He is the author of 17 gardening books, 500 extension service publications, and articles for Fine Gardening, Country Journal, National Gardening, Zone 4, Montana Magazine, and Harrowsmith. He served as Extension Horticulturalist in Montana, hosted the popular Dr. Bob’s Northern Gardening Tips radio program for 10 years, and was a panel member on PBS’s Montana Ag Live for 15 years.  He is a Fellow of both the American Society for Horticultural Science and the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, as well as a member of the advisory board of Zone 4.

Table of Contents-
  • The Seed-Saving Revival
    Those Amazing Seeds * Why Bother Saving Seeds? * How to Use This Book

    Part 1: Saving Seeds: The Basics & Beyond

    Chapter 1: Seed Biology 101
    Flowers Come First * Pollination * Fruit and Seed Development

    Chapter 2: Growing Plants for Seeds
    Super Spacing for Seed Production * Preventing Unwanted Pollination * Hand Pollination * Selecting Your Seed-Stock Plants * Special Handling for Biennials

    Chapter 3: Harvesting and Cleaning Seeds
    Know What You're Harvesting * Timing the Harvest Just Right * Extracting and Cleaning Seeds

    Chapter 4: Seed Storage Know-How
    How Long Do Seeds Last? * Getting the Moisture Right * Getting the Temperature Right * Good Places to Store Seeds * Summing Up Storage Recommendations

    Chapter 5: All About Germination
    Nature's Exquisite Logic * Types of Seed Dormancy * Overcoming Seed Dormancy * Promoting Optimum Germination * The Waiting Game

    Chapter 6: Sowing Seeds and Raising Transplants
    Heat-Treating Seeds * Direct Seeding * Raising Transplants * Hardening Off * Setting Out Transplants * Creating a Nursery Bed

    Chapter 7: Breeding Your Own Varieties
    Plant-Breeding Basics * Breeding Hybrids

    Part 2: The Handbook: From Vegetables to Nuts

    Chapter 8: Saving Vegetable Seeds

    Chapter 9: Saving Herb Seeds

    Chapter 10: Saving Flower Seeds

    Chapter 11: Advanced Seed Saving: Nuts, Fruits & Woody Ornamentals

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  • Library Journal

    November 15, 2011

    Gough and Moore-Gough (coauthors, The Montana Gardener's Companion) are a married couple with 30 years of experience in gardening and saving seeds. The first part of their indispensable guide covers the biology, germination, sowing, harvesting, cleaning, and storage of seeds and includes information on breeding plants from seed and growing them for seeds. The second part is a handbook with instructions for saving the seeds of 322 vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits, trees, and shrubs. Brimming with useful information and practical tips, the guide translates plant science into clear language, with instructions that all gardeners can follow. Nicely laid out and illustrated with dozens of photographs, drawings, and charts that enhance the text, this is not only a solid reference source but a persuasive argument for saving seeds--it saves money, ensures cultivation of plants ideally suited to the conditions of your own garden, and helps preserve the genetic diversity of nature. A glossary, lists of resources and references, and an index round out the volume. VERDICT This comprehensive guide for novice and experienced gardeners alike is highly recommended to all interested readers.--Donna L. Davey, New York Univ. Lib.

    Copyright 2011 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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