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Reviews of Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's & Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding & Seed Saving

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Author (1): Carol Deppe

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Publish date: December 2000
Published by: Chelsea Green Publishing
List price: $27.95
ISBN Number: 1890132721



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Positive Windchyme On Jul 11, 2005, Windchyme wrote:

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.


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