Synopses & Reviews
Much of life on earth begins and ends with seeds. From the practical concerns of seed savers and collectors to the ancient lore, history, and biology of seeds, this is a must read for anyone interested in preserving seed biodiversity. Detailed advice on buying, storing and germinating, sterilizing soil, indoor to outdoor transplanting — even building cold frames, is included. Blending science and hands-on experience, Seeds is fascinating, practical, and useful.
"Will interest anyone interested in the life of plants and the planet ... Eminently readable ... provides refreshing reading to a devoted gardener during the quiet winter months when there is little work to be done outdoors."
—Dorothea Bedigian, Plant Science Bulletin, Spring 2005 Plant Science Bulletin
"It is science made simple but not simplistic — detailed, delightful and never dull."
—Lili Singer, Los Angeles Times, March 24, 2005 Los Angeles Times
"An informative, easy to read, and entertaining book covering many topics relating to plant seeds."
—Lee Luckeydoo, Sida, Contributions to Botany, September 2005 Contributions to Botany
From the practical concerns of seed raisers and collectors, to the ancient lore, history, and biology of seeds, Peter Loewer has written a remarkable book. With a focus on the concerns of gardeners, he provides detailed advice on buying, storing and germinating, sterilizing soil, indoor to outdoor transplanting--even building cold frames.
About the Author
Peter Loewer is a longstanding writer of (and botanical artist for) many gardening and natural history books, including The Evening Garden and Jefferson's Garden. His book The Wild Gardener was chosen as one of the best 75 gardening books of the 20th century by the American Horticultural Society. He is the contributing editor to Carolina Gardener magazine and a popular speaker.