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This book can be a bit heavy (kind of like a college textbook in ways) in parts where they discuss genetics but I believe this is neccesary to get someone where they want to be on breeding vegetables. The rest is easy to understand and interesting- this is a book you will have around to refer back to when you go about your plant breeding activities. Get a plastic slip cover for it at Brodart's Library Supplies- it will need the protection if you use yours as much as I use mine in the garden.
This is an EXCELLENT book- very comprehensive and the little plant breeding stories not only were informative as an example they were interesting and sometimes downright funny. In fact I hand pollinated my first tomato yesterday (we'll see if it takes), this book tells you how.
I think it is an essential book for anyone who is serious about open pollinated or heirloom varieties and wants to maintain their varieties. Did you know that I think it was broccoli is sterile if it pollinates itself? But there is a way around this mechinism but there are reasons you may not want to get around it. I am just thrilled with this book- exactly what I was looking for.