This book is a complete seed-saving guide for 160 vegetable crops, with detailed information about each vegetable, including the botanical classification, flower structure and means of pollination, isolation distance, the need for caging or hand-pollination, and proper methods for harvesting, drying, cleaning, and storing the seeds.This book is a complete seed-saving guide for 160 vegetable crops, with detailed information about each vegetable, including the botanical classification, flower structure and means of pollination, isolation distance, the need for caging or hand-pollination, and proper methods for harvesting, drying, cleaning, and storing the seeds.Read Less
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First Ed thus, unstated. Very Near Fine in Wraps: binding ever-so-slightly cocked, but remains perfectly secure; text clean. Virtually 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 4to. 222pp. Photography by David Cavagnaro. Edited by Kent Whealy, with the Assistance of Arllys Adelmann. Paperback: Pictorial Wraps. Sixty million American gardeners buy their seeds from mail order seed companies. In the period 1984-1987, 54 of the 230 seed companies in the U.S. and Canada went out of business, resulting in 943 non-hybrid varieties becoming unavailable. One answer to the extinction of food crop varieties is Seed Savers Exchange, the publisher of Seed to Seed. Begun in 1975, SSE maintains more than 18, 000 rare vegetable varieties at Heritage Farm in Decorah, Iowa. Another answer is for individual gardeners to save their own seed from non-hybrid varieties. Varieties that grow and taste exceptionally well in specific areas can be planted year after year from home-grown seed. A further advantage is protection from seed price increases. Ashworth provides definitive information on seed gathering, processing and storage techniques. Twenty family entries include taxonomy, pollination characteristics and techniques, general production and processing techniques. Each of the 160 species entries includes botanical classification; pollination, crossing, and isolation; seed production, harvest and processing; seed viability. Ample black-and-white photographs complement the text. Hybrid seeds are in the control of large companies. You can be in control of heirloom varieties that do best in your garden. Happy eating.
Very Good. No dust jacket. Used Sticker from previous retailer on FEP. Wear at corners of covers. Mark on side of page block, soiled on top of page block Binding is very well preserved, contents are clean and sound throughout. MB.
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