The Complete Idiot's Guide to Seed Saving and Starting

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Seed Saving and Starting

Book - 2012
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Reap richer results with plants grown from your own seeds!

Mouthwatering heirlooms, exciting hybrids, sensational herbs, colorful flowers-you dream of a garden overflowing with vibrant, healthy plants. Turn your dream garden into reality with seeds you save and start yourself!

With easy ideas on harvesting, storing, sowing, and nurturing your seeds into flourishing plants, this helpful guide gives you a sure path from start to success. In it, you get-

A look at seed and plant anatomy and how pollination works. Simple suggestions for identifying seeds to save, and for gathering and prepping seeds for next year's garden. Guidance on germinating seeds, indoors or out, using scarification or stratification. Tips for transplanting, thinning, hardening off, and protecting seedlings from weather, pests, and disease. Easy ideas for cross-breeding plants and creating hybrids suited to your garden and climate. A comprehensive directory of botanical names and harvesting, germination, and sowing data for hundreds of plants.
Publisher: New York : Alpha, c2012.
ISBN: 9781615641376
1615641378
Branch Call Number: 631.521 RICHERS
Characteristics: xv, 301 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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Methinks
Jul 10, 2012

Covers most of the basic you need to save your own seed, but I saw no mention anywhere of minimum number of plants to save see from, or avoiding inbreeding depression. If you save seed using just the information from this book, you'll run into trouble. Better choices are Ashworth's Seed to Seed, or Deppe's Breed you Own vegetable Varieties. Or if you just want a quick introduction read the seed saving and starting chapters of Solomon's Gardening When It Counts.

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