Book - How to Save Your Own Seeds: A Handbook for Small-Scale Seed Production

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68 Pages, with 75 illustrations, plus graphs and charts.
Published by Seeds of Diversity, 2013.
Updated, sixth edition

Written with beginners and experts in mind, this is a manual for home seed savers as well as small-scale commercial growers. Whether you are learning to save rare heirloom varieties, discovering how to save money by growing your own seeds, or simply interested in learning more about the finer aspects of seeds and gardening, this is an excellent beginner's manual. Sections for the advanced seed saver give details on seed production of biennial crops (beets, carrots, celery, leeks, etc), hand pollination, and many more helpful hints.


  • Why Save Seed?

  • What's in a Seed?

  • What's in a Flower?

  • What's in a Fruit?

  • Botany Basics

  • Pollen and Pollinators

  • Tools of the Trade

  • Planning and Isolation

  • Harvesting Seeds

  • Cleaning Seeds

  • Storing Seeds

  • Overwintering Biennials

  • Bean Family (including beans, peas, fava beans, lima beans, runner beans, soy beans, mung beans, chick peas, lentils)

  • Beet Family (including beets, sugar beets, swiss chard, spinach)

  • Cabbage Family (including cabbage, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, chinese cabbage, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, turnip, rutabaga, mustard, radish, arugula)

  • Carrot Family (including carrot, celery, celeriac, parsnip, parsley, anise, chervil, dill, fennel)

  • Lettuce Family (including lettuce, endive, chicory, radiccio, salsify, sunflower, jerusalem artichoke)

  • Onion Family (including onions, leeks, garlic)

  • Squash Family (including summer squash, winter squash, pumpkin, cucumber, gourd, melon, watermelon)

  • Tomato Family (including tomato, currant tomato, pepper, eggplant)

  • Quick Reference Guide (showing detailed pollination and seed storage needs of 87 species of vegetables, grains, and herbs)



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