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.
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.
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