The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds

The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds

322 Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers, Fruits, Trees, and Shrubs

Book - 2011
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Enjoy your favorite varieties of garden plants year after year with this comprehensive guide to gathering, preparing, and planting seeds. Authors Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough provide simple instructions that clearly explain the whole process, from basic plant biology to proper seed storage and successful propagation. Gardeners of any experience level will find all the information they need to preserve genetic diversity, cut costs, and extend the life of their favorite plants to the next generation and beyond.

Learn how to collect, save, and cultivate seeds from more than 300 types of plants.

Baker & Taylor
A full-color resource explains how to gather, clean, and store seeds for three hundred different kinds of vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, trees, and shrubs, as well as how to propagate and care for new seedlings.

Book News
This colorful large format guide provides a wealth of information for home gardeners and small farmers on the science and best practices of seed saving. Beginning with general chapters on seed biology, growing plants for seed, harvesting and cleaning methods, storage and germination, the bulk of the volume provides plant by plant information on the best methods of seed saving. Each entry includes information on the plant, times and methods of seed collection, cleaning and storage and specific information on seed germination and growing starts for transplanting. The work includes numerous color photographs, illustrations, tables and sidebars as well as appendices on the history of seed saving in North America and a glossary of important terms. Gough and Moore-Gough are seed savers and gardening writers, and are both associated with the department of horticulture at the University of Montana. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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A full-color resource explains how to gather, clean and store seeds for 300 different kinds of vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, trees and shrubs, as well as how to propagate and care for new seedlings. Original.

Publisher: North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2011
ISBN: 9781603425742
Characteristics: viii, 311 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Moore-Gough, Cheryl


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Jan 16, 2012

This is the best guide I've ever seen to seed-saving, written by two university horticulturists. It can be quite technical, so the glossary at the back is useful.

Oct 15, 2011

Interesting. Plenty of details about when and how to collect the seeds and how long you can store them while they remain viable. I do wonder, though, why anyone would want to collect the seeds of the few included that are usually propagated by division -- much easier than collecting, cleaning, storing, and replanting.

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