Seed Sowing and Saving

Carole B. Turner, Author Storey Publishing $28.95 (224p) ISBN 978-1-58017-002-4
The resurgence of interest in heirloom plants has triggered a necessary focus on seed preservation. Horticultural writer Turner demystifies the techniques of seed saving for modern gardeners in this practical guide. Acknowledging that she has found most seed-saving instructions complicated, she begins with encouraging words: ""Many seeds require only a pot of soil, consistent moisture and a sunny windowsill to germinate."" Turner discusses such basics as potting mediums, seed viability testing, container choices, the planting of various seed types and how to water to prevent plant fatalities. Separate chapters cover selecting plants for seed saving and the gathering and storing of seeds. Turner devotes two pages each to featured flowers and vegetables, which are arranged according to their classification as annuals, perennials or biennials. Here she clearly delineates how and when to harvest and later how to sow the seeds. Included are instructions for easily germinated seeds (e.g., bachelor buttons, radishes and cosmos) and specific advice for how to manage carrots and parsley, both noted for their reluctance to germinate. Reader-friendly prose, illustrative line drawings and master gardening tips will likely embolden even the most hesitant gardener to embark on a seed-saving adventure. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 12/29/1997
Release date: 01/01/1998
Paperback - 224 pages - 978-1-58017-001-7
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