The Complete Guide to Preserving Your own Seeds for Your Garden: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

The Complete Guide to Preserving Your own Seeds for Your Garden: Everything You
Author: 
Katie A. Murphy
Publisher: 
Atlantic Publishing Group
Publication Date: 
2011
ISBN: 
978–1–601–38352–5

paper, 288 pp., $24.95

A home gardener with wide experience in growing plants in different climates, Katie Murphy emphasizes the benefits of saving seeds when gardening. She shares her knowledge in growing plants from preserved seed and explains in simple terms the methods of plant reproduction and seed development, prior to providing tips on selecting and producing proper seed. Murphy presents both general instructions on harvesting seeds and specific direction on popular plants—vegetables, fruits, flowers and ornamentals. The text includes such useful supplementary materials as sources for seeds, pollination charts, and a glossary, all of which will help turn a novice gardener into an expert. Perhaps her wisest comment is a personal inquiry for a prospective gardener: “How much time am I willing and able to dedicate to the work involved in maintaining the garden?”

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden

Volume: 
14
Number: 
1