Synopses & Reviews
Those pricey transplants set out on display every spring are so tempting with their leafy faces pleading, "take me home!" But beware, you never know where those seedlings have been - Crammed in a pest-infested greenhouse? Packed for days in a sweltering truck?
Start your plants from seeds and you know that's your precious vegetable, herb, or flower has been nurtured with tender loving care every day of its life. And better yet, when you harvest seeds for next year's crop, you'll get even more plants absolutely FREE!
In this book you'll find everything you need to know to successfully harvest seeds from more than 100 common vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs, and wildflowers, then dry and store them for maximum viability. You'll also learn how to start seeds indoors to get a jump start on the season, and to prepare your soil beds for planting.
"Turner demystifies the techniques of seed saving for modern gardeners in this practical guide...Reader-friendly prose, illustrative line drawings and master gardening tips will likely embolden even the most hesitant gardener to embark on a seed-saving adventure."
"Everything you wanted to know about saving flower and vegetable seeds but were afraid to ask."
"Turner's guide is chock-full of advice on how to harvest and store seeds from more than 100 common vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs, and wildflowers."
"A practical book for the gardener interested in a more active role in the adventure of gardening."
The Herb Companion
Here are step-by-step techniques for getting and growing free plants by saving seeds from more than 100 vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The book familiarizes readers with basic seed collecting and storing. Instruction is given on how to save seeds, sowing techniques, and the care and maintenance of seedlings. Over 300 two-color illustrations.
Use seeds from this year s crop to grow your favorite vegetables, herbs, and flowers again next spring. Carolyn B. Turner shows you everything you need to know to harvest, dry, store, and sow seeds from more than 100 common garden plants, providing helpful tips on appropriately preparing your soil, testing seeds for viability, tending for your seedlings, and more. You ll discover that growing your own seeds is a fun and inexpensive way to enjoy beautiful and thriving gardens year after year
Hands-on instructions for sowing seeds from more than 100 common vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs, and wildflowers.
From Simple Seed-Saving Techniques
Here's all the information and guidance you need to start saving seeds from your favorite vegetables, herbs, and flowers and grow even more plants next year.
Dozens of at-a-glance charts and over 300 step-by-step illustrations show you how to determine when seeds are ready for harvest, how to collect them, and how to store them. Plus, you get time-proven tips, the kind that only an experienced horticulturalist can share, for starting seeds right.
Seed Sowing and Saving is packed with solid advice and information that teaches you how to:
* Successfully harvest seeds from more than 100 common vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs, and wildflowers
* Dry and store seeds, and test seeds for viability
* Sow seeds indoors to get a head start on the growing season
* Prepare soil and garden beds for transplants or direct sowing
About the Author
Freelance writer and horticultural consultant Carole B. Turner specializes in gardening techniques and native planting. Besides her Storey book, Seed Sowing and Saving, Carole has authored many articles in American Nursery and was an editor at Fine Gardening magazine. She lives in Connecticut.
Table of Contents
1 Sowing Seeds
2 From Seed to Bloom
3 Selecting Plants for Seed Saving
4 Collecting and Storing Seeds
5 Annual Vegetables
6 Biennial and Perennial Vegetables
7 Annual Flowers
8 Biennial and Perennial Flowers
Optimal Germination Temperatures for Seeds
Characteristics of Common Vegetables Saved for Seed
Seeds that Require Special Treatment
Open-Pollinated (Standard) Varieties