12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 14 February 2002
This book is a great read for anybody who might have an interest in plant breeding. The author starts off at a relatively basic level and explains using practical examples how plant breeding is performed using a number of well-established techniques and processes. It is highly informative with plenty of reference to the tips and tricks used in plant-breeding. I have a scientific background, so I am quite familiar with the scientific side i.e. genetics etc, but some readers unfamiliar with the concepts of genes and heredity may find that the going gets tough in places. However, the author does succeed in keeping the tone and writing style as down-to-earth as possible which makes this book very accessible to the lay reader. Without doubt it is the most accessible book on the market regarding plant-breeding at the moment. One technical quibble I have is that the statistical tables at the back of the book, for estimating the necessary number of plants required to isolate particular genetic types, could have been developed a bit further. But other than that it is a very complete book and should inspire many gardeners/growers to take their work with plants to a higher level.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2009
This book is destined to become a classic, if it is not already. The author brings professional botanical and genetic knowledge and practical gardening together in a way that an intelligent gardener can follow easily. It makes a good read in one go, and then acts as a reference book for specific techniques and plants. It is very much about what it says in the title - breeding your own vegetable varieties. You will need other books on organic gardening and seed saving if you want help with specifics of those things. I found the book stimulating and visionary.