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The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving Paperback – Illustrated, 15 May 2015
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- Publisher : Seed Savers Exchange; 1st edition (15 May 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 350 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0988474913
- ISBN-13 : 978-0988474918
- Dimensions : 20.32 x 2.54 x 25.4 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 276,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
A comprehensive overview of seed-saving - both art and science.-Margaret Roach, blogger and garden writer, A Way to Garden
An indispensable, brilliantly written, and beautifully illustrated resource.-Paul Oster, garden columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Critical information packaged in an attractive way.-Rita Haster, botanical librarian for the Morton Arboretum
This is the only book people will need to grow plants and save their seed.-Jeff Cox, garden columnist
About the Author
Lee Buttala is an Emmy Award-winning television producer of Martha Stewart Living and was the creator, producer, and director of Cultivating Life, a PBS series on outdoor living and gardening. He has written for The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, New York, and Metropolitan Home. As an editor, he has worked for magazines ranging from Saveur, Garden Design, and Interview, and for the book publisher Alfred A. Knopf. He also served as the preservation program manager for the Garden Conservancy and has studied garden design at the Kyoto University of Art and Design, the Chelsea Physic Garden, and the New York Botanical Garden.
Shanyn Siegel has worked in sustainable agriculture and horticulture for over fifteen years, specializing in organic vegetable gardening and organic seed production. For over four years, Shanyn worked as collection curator for Seed Savers Exchange, conserving and promoting America's culturally diverse but endangered food-crop heritage for future generations. As curator, Shanyn grew, evaluated, and saved seeds from thousands of heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable varieties. She is presently working in New York's Hudson Valley to build local seed-saving networks.
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The pictures rival any coffee table garden book:), yes, they do!
While I didn't realize that this book is only about vegetables I was pleased to see that it included six large pages about sunflowers . Turns out the "Daisy" plant that lived in my garden for years was really a Sunflower:) Helianthus tuberosus aka Jerusalem Artichoke a perennial veggie.
I hadn't considered growing sunflowers for seed, but after reading up on those big, bold and beautiful Helianthus annuus I think I'll give it a try both for me and the birds:).
If you are a "prepper" I bet you'll love this book because it includes great information on an assortment of grains, beans and potatoes.
I was happy to see profiles on Dill, Fennel, Parsley, Garlic, Chives, Celery - all of them in my Tampa Bay area garden. My next foray will be into Amaranth, Chicory and Peanut - all represented in this book. Currently trying out Leek and Endives (just sprouted) you gotta love fall gardening in Florida.
This book goes well beyond basic information - the Master Class section takes it to the next level.
Overall this book is a solid ten stars - five stars do not do it justice. It is a steal at this price and a beautiful reference book you can use for years to come.
My only criticism is the organization - it would have been nice to have a separate section on the many grains and beans (rice, buckwheat, quinoa, oats ... ) instead of presenting everything under its Latin name - but then I discovered in the appendix there is an alphabetical list - so I can find Rice under "R".
Highly recommended - amazing bang for the buck.