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Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmers Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving Paperback – 1 Jan 1990
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The gardening book of the decade. Ken Allen
"Deppe invites you on a journey of discovery to reclaim the lost lore of our ancestors, to relearn the traditions of seed-saving and seed-breeding and to take back control of the seed.Within you will find information not available in other garden books or anywhere else. Learn how to design trials, why and how far apart to isolate varieties for purity, how to understand and appreciate the subtleties of selection and why the detailed artistry of classical plant breeding makes most genetic engineering look like the work of simpletons.Here is a woman who knows seeds, who knows the ineffable joys working with them brings, and who has penetrated deeply into the mysteries of their inner workings. She can be your guide as you chart your own path to restore and renew a time-honored tradition one experiment at a time."C. R. Lawn, Fedco Seeds
"Deppe has done Luther Burbank one better. She has bred many significant new varieties and now has provided the instructions for others to follow her lead. Great Work. Great Book."
--Suzanne Ashworth, author of "Seed to Seed"
"Any gardener interested in vegetable plant breeding must have this book. It is the standard reference. But it is also much more than that. Deppe's grasp of the intricacies of plant life will enlighten food lovers as well as general readers. Thank you Carol Deppe!"
--Michael MacCaskey, Editor-in-Chief, NationalGardening.com
There is nothing quite like this book in the world's literature--it is the Hope diamond of horticulture. In the field of edible plants, Carol Deppe is a modest legend who has been a matchmaker and midwife to many new vegetables.In this book, Ms. Deppe explains how she and a few other masters of plant breeding have achieved their success. She encourages the rest of us to try our hands and hearts--and patience--at producing our own culinary gems. Ms. Deppe, who combines a doctorate in plant genetics with insatiable curiosity and soil-stained hands, will continue to inspire growers to participate in a creative process as ancient as farming itself.This book is an intense and readable exposition of the science and art of plant breeding, which will inspire and inform any reader. Even the casual reader who doesn't take up the challenge of developing unique garden specialties will become aware of humanity's debt to our predecessors, who turned wildlings into the organisms that can feed all of
"The gardening book of the decade." --Ken Allen
"So new and unique that it could truly be called one of a kind . . . [it's] unlike any other book on the market . . . Certain to change the way many growers see the act of gardening."
--Don Parker, Publisher, "The Growing Edge"
"Any gardener interested in vegetable plant breeding must have this book. It is the standard reference. But it is also much more than that. Deppe's grasp of the intricacies of plant life will enlighten food lovers as well as general readers. Thank you Carol Deppe!"--Michael MacCaskey, editor-in-chief, NationalGardening.com
"The gardening book of the decade." --Ken Allen
"So new and unique that it could truly be called one of a kind . . . [it's] unlike any other book on the market . . . Certain to change the way many growers see the act of gardening."--Don Parker, Publisher, The Growing Edge
About the Author
Carol Deppe is a plant breeder and writer who lives in Corvallis, Oregon. She has a B.S. in Zoology from University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University. "At least I think I have a Ph.D. from Harvard," Deppe says. "But when I got the diploma it was in Latin, and I don't read Latin, so who knows?" Deppe's garden and science writing has appeared in Horticulture, Organic Gardening, National Gardening, and elsewhere. She works to develop crops for sustainable agriculture.
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3 February 2016
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Interested, inspiring, and informative, but my oh my how she waffles on. Still, i enjoyed it and it changed my outlook on plant breeding.
31 January 2016
This book is an absolutely fantastic resource, enough to inspire anyone to try their hand at developing new vegetable varieties. It is also a collation of key seed-saving/plant-breeding/genetic information (eg diploid chromosome number) for hundreds of species into one place. Without this, the average gardener like me would have to spend a long time researching this information themselves from diverse sources. All in all an amazing 367 pages, written in a very accessible style.
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.
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.
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