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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. It's easy, and it's fun! Authors Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough thoroughly explain every step in the seed-saving process. Descriptions of seed biology; tips on how to select plants for the best seeds; and advice on harvesting and cleaning, proper storage and care, and propagating and caring for new seedlings are all presented with clear, easy-to-follow instructions. Chapters dedicated to individual plants contain species-specific directions and detailed information. Gardeners of any experience level will find all the information they need to extend the life of their favorite plants to the next generation and beyond.

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This colorful large format guide provides a wealth of information for home gardeners and small farmers on the science and best practices of seed saving. Beginning with general chapters on seed biology, growing plants for seed, harvesting and cleaning methods, storage and germination, the bulk of the volume provides plant by plant information on the best methods of seed saving. Each entry includes information on the plant, times and methods of seed collection, cleaning and storage and specific information on seed germination and growing starts for transplanting. The work includes numerous color photographs, illustrations, tables and sidebars as well as appendices on the history of seed saving in North America and a glossary of important terms. Gough and Moore-Gough are seed savers and gardening writers, and are both associated with the department of horticulture at the University of Montana. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

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.

Cheryl Moore-Gough holds an M.S. in Plant Sciences from Montana State University, where she is now an adjunct assistant professor in horticulture. Cheryl has taught and coordinated the Montana Master Gardener program and has published numerous works alone and with her husband, Dr. Robert Gough, including five gardening books. She has written for Montana Magazine, Fine Gardening, American Nurseryman, and Zone 4 Magazine, and she hosts Northern Gardening Tips, which is broadcast by radio stations throughout Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota on the Northern News Network. She has been gardening and saving seeds in Montana for 30 years.

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

Product Details

Gough, Robert
Storey Publishing
Moore-Gough, Cheryl
Gough, Robert E.
GARDENING / Reference
Gardening : General
GARDENING / Vegetables
GARDENING / Flowers / General
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276.352 x 215.9 x 17.526 mm

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