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Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners: Seed Saving Techniques for the Vegetable Gardener Paperback – 2 Feb 2002

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Seed Savers Exchange, Incorporated; 2nd Revised edition edition (2 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882424581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882424580
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suzanne Ashworth is an educational administrator living in Sacramento, California, whose spare time and large backyard are completely devoted to gardening. Suzanne has donated the text of Seed to Seed to help support the work of the Seed Savers Exchange, a genetic preservation organization with 8,000 members who are working together to maintain and distribute heirloom varieties of vegetables, fruits, grains, flowers, and herbs.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By V. rachel on 25 July 2009
Format: Paperback
seed to seed has a wonderful introduction including the advantages of saving seeds, some simple plant physiology and the basic seed saving techniques. in the rest of the book instructions are given for each plant individually and it does go into alot of detail. i had never saved seed before yet i found i could easily follow the directions. this book will serve me for many years as i try out differant vegatbles and methods and i feel it has been a great investment.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Greenfingers on 21 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
this excellent book gives infomation on how to save pure seed from just about any plant you could wish to grow (and probubly some you will never have heard of), published by the american seed saving sosciety, it is well written and laid out, possibly a little too abvaced for the absolute beginner but a good investemt nont the less.
written using some american veriety names eg. frnch beans called common beans, and with seasonal sowing information that is probubly relevent to america only. but none the less very well rounded and compiled.
highly recommended
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 April 2010
Format: Paperback
The book is very in depth & uses a lot of American terms/words.

A very good book for a very keen gardener, maybe too in depth for the amature gardener.
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By Joleen on 14 Nov. 2014
Format: Paperback
Love this book, a must for all gardeners
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283 of 283 people found the following review helpful
worthwhile 18 Mar. 2006
By Shelly Sutherland - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is very practical and easy to understand. It's more encyclopedic in style rather than conversational, so if you aren't sure that you'll be saving seeds from your garden this year, you'll probably find it kind of boring. If you are slightly interested but unconvinced, I would recommend Carol Deppe's "How to Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties" instead. Her enthusiasm for the subject carries over into her writing style, and she includes lots of entertaining anecdotes and information that will be useful even if you don't decide to save seeds.

But if you know you want to start saving seeds, or enjoy saving seeds and want to get better, this book will be indespensable.

The book is mostly about vegetables, with a few grains and herbs also described. For each type of garden plant, several topics are covered:

--A general description (where it originated, how it is used in different cultures, etc.)

--Botanical classification

--Pollination (such as wind vs. insects), crossing and isolation

--Seed production and harvesting

--Seed statistics (% germination, how many seeds in an ounce, how many varieties offered in major catalouge)

--How to grow the plant from seed

--Regional growing recommendations for 5 very generalized regions (Mid-Atlantic, Southeast/Gulf Coast, Upper Midwest, Southwest, Central West Coast, Maritime Northwest) These are very brief, but useful.

I wish I would have gotten the book sooner, because I don't have too much gardening experience and I would like to have a big garden (well, as big as my yard will allow...) The regional recommendations often include when you should plant a vegetable indoors and when to transplant or direct seed outdoors. It would have been nice to do the last few week's seed starting with a little less guesswork.
131 of 133 people found the following review helpful
Definitive Work on Saving Seeds 26 Feb. 2006
By Robert A. Williams - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is the complete and definitive seeds saving guide for 160 non-hybrid vegetable crops, with detailed information about each vegetable. It is technical but clearly written so that the reader can understand the intricacies of maintaining varietal purity and proper seed harvesting, drying, cleaning and storing of seeds. Botanical classification, flower structure, pollination method, isolation distances, caging, and hand pollination techniques are included. If you're looking for information on saving ground cherry seeds, you'll find it here. Sources for supplies and seed saving organizations are listed in the back.

This is the definitive source on seed saving and is invaluable to growers interested in conserving unique vegetable varieties. This book should sit on your shelf next to a copy of Carol Deppe's "Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties" because saving seed is the basic method of plant breeding. When you save the seed of your biggest tomatoes rather than your smaller ones, you are practicing plant breeding by selecting what genetic material to perpetuate. The seeds from your big tomato will produce plants that also will produce big tomatoes.
248 of 279 people found the following review helpful
not thorough enough to be very useful 2 Jan. 2008
By Eric Brown - Published on
Format: Paperback
I don't know if there's a better book on the subject of seed saving, but I've found this book frustratingly incomplete. There's certainly a lot of information, but it seems like a lot of really important basics were left out. I would say for a majority of the plants I would like to save seed from this year I can't figure out from the book whether the plants will cross with other things I'm growing or how far to isolate them if they would. I'm trying to figure out right now, for instance, if tabasco peppers (Capsicum frutescens) will cross with bell peppers and other Capsicum annum. The book has about a half a page of information on C. frutescens, which I think is a lot for such a minor species, but it still fails to give me that most basic information. I'd also like to know how many plants of each type I should grow to maintain adequate genetic diversity. The author mentions the importance of this, and there are a couple plants where numbers are given, but in most cases the reader is left without any numbers. I wish all this kind of information were covered more systematically, maybe with a simple chart or short paragraph at the beginning of each of the 20 plant families covered in the book.
42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Heirlooms Rock 24 Aug. 2005
By Fields - Published on
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This book presents a very holistic view of heirloom plants available by seed saver exchanges. The first few chapters enlighten the reader to the devastating aggricultural practices of commercial farmers. The main point I got was that seeds bought from major big box retailers are "infertile" after one season, forcing you to return next year to buy more seed. What an abhorable practice as this may be the only way to grow in the future if techniques from this book are not practiced. The rest of the chapters/sections are very well organized and present detailed descriptions for various popular varieties of plants on how to grow and subsequently harvest their seeds. The appendix gives further resources on how to obtain heirloom plants and contacts who might be able to help with your struggles and success.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
great resource even if it's not exhaustive 28 May 2008
By M. McCarty - Published on
Format: Paperback
When I was growing up, my family and extended family bought vegetable and flower seeds every year. I always wondered why we didn't keep any of the seeds to plant the next year instead of buying more. I didn't realize that the seeds of these hybrid varieties would not germinate and produce plants. It's hard to be self-sufficient and self-reliant when you are dependent on seed companies for next year's harvest.

Seed to seed is the answer to the question of self-sustaining food production. This book provides instructions on how to grow vegetables from seeds, control pollination (and avoid unwanted cross-pollination), harvest and preserve seeds from the garden plants, and how to store those seeds for future gardens.

Keep in mind that there is no information on how to obtain fertile seeds from plants raised from seed company seeds. In order to practice the principles taught in this book, a gardener must use seed from open-pollinated varieties. Such seeds are available from seed banks or seed exchanges--like Seed Saver's Exchange, the book's publisher.

I'm sure that this book does not discuss every plant (and does not discuss flowers at all) that a gardener may want to grow, but the principles are sound and can be applied to plants that are not found in the book. All in all this is an excellent reference that will help produce self-sufficient gardeners.
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