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In association with Amazon.com, we offer the following books about seeds and seed saving. Be sure to click on the book or title on this page so Amazon's 15% sales commission helps with the projects at ISSI.

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Learn To Save Your Own Seeds
Rejoin the seed saving ritual, a ritual as old as civilization, a ritual in many ways responsible for civilization.

Basic Seed Saving

by Bill McDorman.
List Price: $5.95
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Paperback - 48 pages (1994) International Seed Saving Institute; ISBN: pending ; Dimensions (in inches): 5.5 x 8.54

A 48 page booklet describing useful terms and concepts central to seed saving. It lists specific seed saving instructions for 27 common vegetables and 29 wild flowers. If you were stranded on an island with this book and some seeds, you would make it.

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Saving Seeds: The Gardener's Guide to Growing and Storing Vegetable and Flower Seeds

by Marc Rogers, Polly Alexander (Illustrator), Ben Watson (Editor)
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Paperback - 185 pages Revised edition (March 1991) Storey Books; ISBN: 0882666347 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.51 x 8.95 x 6.00.

Looking for something to add excitement and interest to your garden? Try raising and saving seeds for your own vegetables and flowers! Saving seeds is a time-honored tradition -- one that more and more gardeners are rediscovering. It can be as simple as growing a few extra peas or beans for next year's use or as challenging as wintering over cabbage heads, waiting for the flower stalks to poke up in the spring. Any gardener can become a successful seed saver.

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Seed to Seed

by Suzanne Ashworth, David Cavagnaro (Photographer)
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Paperback - 222 pages (January 1995) Seed Saver Pubns; ISBN: 0961397772 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.56 x 11.05 x 8.61.


Review by Gene GeRue, author, Find Your Ideal Country Home from Zanoni, Missouri. genegerue@ruralize.com.

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.

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Seed Sowing and Saving: Step-By-Step Techniques for Collecting and Growing More Than 100 Vegetables, Flowers, and Herbs

by Carole B. Turner List Price: $19.95 Our Price: $15.96 You Save: $3.99 (20%) Availability: This title usually ships within 2-3 days. Paperback - 224 pages (February 1998) Storey Books; ISBN: 1580170013 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.60 x 10.98 x 8.54.

Here are step-by-step techniques for getting and growing free plants by saving seeds from more than 100 vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The book familiarizes readers with basic seed collecting and storing. Instruction is given on how to save seeds, sowing techniques, and the care and maintenance of seedlings. Over 300 two-color illustrations.

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Take The Next Step
Breeding your own new varieties is not difficult for a number of vegetables. Learn from a former geneticist at Harvard University. Get the necessary perspective to plot your seed breeding adventure by reading the history of heirloom vegetables.

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

by Carol Deppe List Price: $27.95 Our Price: $22.36 You Save: $5.59 (20%) Availability: This title usually ships within 2-3 days. Paperback - 384 pages 2 edition (December 2000) Chelsea Green Pub Co; ISBN: 1890132721 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.91 x 7.48 x 9.25

One of the most fascinating and helpful books we have come across in the past 18 years. Unravels the mysteries of genetics in a clear, simple manner for the home grown gardener. We should learn to breed our own vegetables. Armed with this book, we can and will.

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Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Seed Saving, and Cultural History

by William Woys Weaver List Price: $25.00 Our Price: $20.00 You Save: $5.00 (20%) Availability: This title usually ships within 2-3 days. Paperback - 439 pages (March 1999) Henry Holt & Company, Inc.; ISBN: 0805060898 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.25 x 9.20 x 7.38.

From Booklist: Here is a beginner's guide to growing 260 varieties of 37 vegetables. Weaver, a food historian and author of six other books, gives detailed histories and botanical descriptions for all vegetables, encompassing a wide variety of beans, cabbages, corns, carrots, lettuces, melons, peas, peppers, potatoes, squashes, and tomatoes.

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Learn To Germinate Seeds
Learn the tricks of the trade for starting seeds.

FROM SEED TO BLOOM

by Eileen Powell List Price: $19.95 Our Price: $15.96 You Save: $3.99 (20%) Availability: This title usually ships within 2-3 days. Paperback - 320 pages (March 1995) Storey Books; ISBN: 0882662597 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.84 x 10.99 x 8.53.

From Booklist: This paperback guide to growing from seed is an alphabetical listing of 536 plants--from abronia to zinnia--with information on sowing, germinating, caring, propagating, hardness zones, and light and soil requirements. Most listings include a black-and-white drawing of the plant. There is advice on the basics of starting plants from seed, including a chapter on the joy of asexual propagation--which may be a bit more than the average gardener needs to know.

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Collecting Processing and Germinating Seeds of Wildland Plants

by James A. Young, Cheryl G. Young (Contributor)
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Hardcover - 236 pages (October 1986) Timber Pr; ISBN: 0881920576 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.04 x 9.37 x 6.34

An encyclopedic approach to collecting and germinating seeds from tiny annuals to tall trees. A good resource for the professional seedsman as well as the amateur gardener.

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Seeds: Ecology, Biogeography, and Evolution of Dormancy and Germination

by Carol C. Baskin, Jerry M. Baskin Our Price: $105.00 Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours. Hardcover - 672 pages (April 1998) Academic Pr; ISBN: 0120802600 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.41 x 11.18 x 8.74
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Find A World of Diversity
Find a new world of possibilities for starting your seed saving adventure.

Garden Seed Inventory: An Inventory of Seed Catalogs Listing All Non-Hybrid Vegetable Seeds Available in the United States and Canada

by Kent Whealy List Price: $26.00 Our Price: $20.80 You Save: $5.20 (20%) Availability: This title usually ships within 2-3 days. Paperback - 808 pages 5th edition (September 2000) Seed Saver Pubns; ISBN: 1882424557 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.81 x 9.02 x 6.06
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The Bernard E. Harkness Seedlist Handbook

by Mabel G. Harkness, Bernard E. Harkness Our Price: $29.95 Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours. Paperback - 506 pages 2nd edition (December 1993) Timber Pr; ISBN: 0881922269 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.31 x 9.04 x 6.09. From Book News, Inc. , November 1, 1993. A compact guide to alpine plants, each entry presenting coded information about a plant and its place of origin along with a bibliographic reference, for seeds offered by the Scottish Rock Garden Club, Alpine Garden Society (England) and American Rock Garden Society.
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