Friday, January 23, 2009

Saving Seeds by Marc Rogers

Looking for something to add excitement and interest to your garden? Try raising and saving seeds for your own vegetables and flowers!

Saving seeds is a time-honored tradition - one that more and more gardeners are rediscovering. It can be as simple as growing a few extra peas or beans for next year's use or as challenging as wintering over cabbage heads, waiting for the flower stalks to poke up in the spring.

Any gardener can become a successful seed saver - the only limitations are your time, space, and interest. And the benefits of growing and saving your own seeds are many:

  • You can save money on expensive yearly seed bills.
  • You can select seed each year from the plants best suited to your garden and your particular growing conditions.
  • You can help preserve old-time and regional favorites - heirloom vegetables and flowers that your grandparents grew, but that are hard to find these days.
  • You can share seeds from your own favorite flowers and vegetables with family, friends, neighbors, and other gardeners.
This book will tell you all you need to know about how to raise, harvest, and store seeds for the easiest-to-grow and most popular vegetables and ornamental plants. Each vegetable and flower is discussed in detail. And Saving Seeds answers hundreds of frequently asked gardening questions:
  • Will cucumbers cross with melons or squash?
  • Do some weeds cross with vegetables?
  • Should I avoid raising hybrids for seed?
  • How can I raise seeds that will produce earlier crops? Tastier crops?
Originally published in 1978 as Growing and Saving Vegetable Seeds, Marc Rogers popular and practical guide has now been thoroughly updated to include the best ornamental flowers to grow for seed.

Seed-saving can be a fascinating lifelong hobby for any serious (or frugal) home gardener. And Saving Seeds can help you get started.

I knew I was going to enjoy this book from the very first paragraph:

"I had heard the arguments against growing seeds for so long that I began believing them all. Don't grow seeds, the garden books say. These various arguments all seem to boil down to one main point: that you and I really aren't smart enough to save seeds. Our grandparents did, as did their parents; as did countless generations reaching almost back to our ancestors who first swung out of a tree, but the plain truth is that the human line has petered out a bit, and that you and I aren't capable of growing our own seeds."

This slim volume is packed with information on saving seeds from all the commonly grown vegetables and flowers. It's definitely a great reference for anyone interested in saving seeds.

This one gets eight stars for the sheer wealth of information packed into its pages and for the simplicity of use. Plus, the author has a nice, open, easy style of writing that makes this more of an enjoyable read than it could be in other hands.

Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆


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