I had to give it a positive, even though I have a hard time finding it... See, my wife and son get a hold of it and then I have to hunt it down. Anyway, that's my problem not theirs. I actually waited a year before I purchased this book from when I put it on my wish list (fixed income). I got it 2 weeks ago and it is a good (fun) read. I like that the writers write like gardeners in this book. Not just because they are, but because it is easy to fall into the dry facts and leave out personal experiences.
I'm a seed saver, as a matter of fact I have seeds drying now, Cayenne peppers and cantaloupe. I constantly have an herb or two of dried florets on my desk for picking, right now that is 4 varieties of Basil. The thing about being a prior seed saver makes me wish that I purchased this book earlier because it has exposed some mistakes I've been doing... particularly on saving...
This book is saving me time, and we all know time is money, and ruined seeds. Highly recommended.
OH! by the way it would make a lousy coffee table book but a great bathroom book :-) Well, until they publish it with color illustrations and pictures.
This is the #1 book I recommend at our seed saving workshops. It is an easy to use quick reference good for beginners and advanced seed savers. While there are many other seed saving books out there that can be checked out at your local library, this is one that I think is absolutely worth owning. Stay seedy!
I had another book which was only so-so then a garden friend recommended that I get this book. I am floored by this great book. Detailed information on everything you need to know about saving seed (I can see where my plans need changing) and detailed information about many many individual plants and species. A very complete book.
My dog-eared copy sits by my desk and is never moved unless I've got it outside in my gardens.
It is the single most important book a seed saver can own, and I tell everyone who is contemplating saving their garden seeds that they need one before starting on this wonderful journey of keeping pure strains of vegetables.
The amount of information is astounding, but it is written in such a way, that it is easy to understand.
This book is the best investment in your future that a gardener can have. Never be without it.
This book is probably THE best addition I've ever made to my gardening library. I learned so much about plant families and classifications from this book.
I've developed an obsession with heirloom vegetables in the last couple years, but I've never saved my own seed because I was unsure of myself and my growing practices. After reading this book, I'm much more confident that I know how to do it correctly now. Starting from the day I plant the seed in the garden to the day I harvest seeds to save.
If you are thinking of adding this book to your gardening library, you won't be sorry. It's a wonderfully informative book.
I love this book. It is a very detailed guide to saving all kinds of vegetable seed. It gives generalized info for each plant family and then specific tips for individual species. It is without question the most comprehensive book on seed saving you can find outside of technical academic texts. It has more than enough info to get you started saving any vegetable you want to and a good idea for many flowers and shrubs as well although they are not covered. Highly reccomend.
Very interesting book about how to save seeds from different varieties vegetables. I found the introduction to the history of saving seeds interesting reading and the section on botantical classification fun to read as well. The section 2 on major vegetable familes is the meat of the book on seed saving and growing techniques for each. This too was very informative. The only slight drawback was the black and white photographs throughout the book if I were to rate it 4 out of 5 stars would be the b&w photos in the book. They are great photos and I can only imagine the true color artistry of each and would loved to of seen them in color in a future edition of this book. I have the 2nd edition of this book.
A great book for seed savers! Chock full of information ranging from methods of starting seed, growing the plants, to harvesting. It covers many areas in-between also, i.e., pollination, crossing, range to encourage and/or prevent each of those, etc.
Also contains a brief description of each type of crop concerning it's origin, cultural preferences, and which variety is best used for what purpose.
This book is great by itself but would also be an excellent companion to "From Seed To Bloom" by Eileen Powell. You'd definitely have all your bases covered!
As an heirloom gardening enthusiast, I have found this book to be the single best gardening-related book I have ever read!
As the name suggests, the book teaches you seed saving from the beginning (sowing it) to the end (harvesting, processing, and storing the seed). Every family of vegetables is different, so this book goes through each family and discusses the techniques you'll need for each genus in that family. It's also easy to reference a family/genus when you need the information.
Anyone wanting to save seeds from their vegetable garden absolutely needs this book! I can't recommend it highly enough!