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  • By Talvi on July 4, 2014

    Saving Vegetable Seeds is another excellent edition in the Storey Basics series of tip books. Each book is around 100 pages, includes line drawings/illustrations, and is written in a friendly and easy to digest manner that is also very informative. I enjoyed this book - especially since I can look forward to saving quite a bit over store bought seed packages and can therefore control my own garden better.The book breaks down as follows: 1) Getting started with savings seeds (what is a see? Are all seeds worth saving? It's in the genes. Simple seed saving. Coaxing seeds from leaf and root crops). 2) Seed saving techniques (growing great seeds, overwintering biennial crops, harvesting seeds, cleaning and drying seeds, storing seeds, testing seed viability). 3) Saving seeds, crop by crop (beans, carrots, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, melons, watermelons, onions and leeks, peas, peppers, radishes, squash, tomatoes). All the Storey Basics books have resources at the back for more information.The book breaks down seeds and fertilization science, helping to provide the information needed to tell good from bad seeds. As well, troubling issues with gardens (especially community gardens) such as cross pollination and hybrids are discussed. Tougher seed collecting, as with a plant like a carrot that only produces seeds after the second year and have to be 'winterized' indoors, is given careful consideration. Germinating, testing, pollinating, cleaning, storing, saving - everything the reader needs to ensure a good viable seed in Spring is covered.The illustrations are easy to follow and especially useful at the second half of the book, where seed collecting of individual plants are discussed. At 96 pages, there is just the right balance of information, without fluff, to ensure this is both a quick reference and also a useful read.I am looking forward to using all these techniques and new knowledge with this year's garden.Reviewed from an ARC.

  • By David's Wife on September 9, 2014

    I am a beginning vegetable gardener and I found this book to be very helpful and informative. I had no idea how much I did not know about saving vegetable seeds. I learned that some plants like carrots only make seeds the second year so you have to leave them in the garden and put mulch around them or move them to someplace where they won't freeze if you live in the north so that they will grow the second year and produce seeds. Some seeds have to be fermented and some plants need to be hand-pollinated and some plants should be planted separate from others or they will cross-pollinate and you won't get good seeds from them. The book is well written and the directions are simple enough for even a beginner to understand. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.

  • By Gbartmi on January 12, 2015

    The wife really enjoys the easy read and great, simple methods to save her seeds during the upcoming season.

  • By Mary on May 31, 2016

    Great pocket guide that sums the subject rather nicely.

  • By SM on July 2, 2015

    as advertised.

  • By Succotash on July 24, 2014

    Saving Vegetable Seeds: Harvest, Clean, Store, and Plant Seeds from Your Garden was a short read, but filled with all the basic information you'll really need to start saving seeds from your garden. Author Fern Marshall Bradley broke the entire process down by separating the steps into these three chapters: Getting Started with Saving Seeds; Seed-Saving Techniques; and Saving Seeds, Crop by Crop.All the basics of seeds are identified and defined in the beginning of the book, such as the cross section of a seed, the parts of a flower and how seeds form from them, and self-pollinating vs. cross-pollinating crops. In the seed saving chapter, she walks the reader through her five steps of seed saving: taking care of your plants; harvesting the seeds; cleaning and drying the seeds; packing and storing; and testing viability. Included is how to control pollination (important in open-pollinated types of vegetables), and how to hand pollinate.Probably the most helpful for me as a gardener was how to test seed viability. I've saved lots of seeds from my garden over the years, but doing a test on the seeds viability was something I've never done. The vegetables Bradley details are beans, carrots, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, melons and watermelons, onions and leeks, peas, peppers, radishes, squash, and tomatoes.Handy book if you are planning on doing some seed saving, with the varieties she details.

  • By Linda Likes to Learn on April 7, 2017

    Although the title and subtitle suggest that this book will supply you with everything you need to know about saving vegetable seeds, I was shocked to see how small the book was. "Booklet" would be a better description for it. Yes, it did cover all the topics, but not in the detail that I expected. We should have checked the number of pages in the book. We would have then realized that it would be limited in the details we wanted to know about more specialized techniques for plants that weren't grown by the average gardener. Frankly, if it hadn't been for the illustrations, etc., the actual information here would have fit in a much smaller format. Think 'lengthy magazine article' - not book.


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