Post by boundarycurrent on Dec 22, 2008 12:14:51 GMT -5
Marie, I've only been gardening a couple of years but I love The Vegetable Gardener's Bible by Ed Smith. It's a good intro book but it doesn't cover seed saving. Thank you for starting this thread--I am looking for the same sort of book as you are.
There is a book call "Seed Savers" it goes into how to save seed, but also how to plant and harvest and if saving seed, safe planting distances to avoid cross pollinating. -Jenn
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I've been gardening since I was a little girl and, honestly, have done most of it by instinct. But I am also an insatiable reader and like to have data to back up my goofy theories sometimes. One nice resource that I have is "10,000 Garden Questions: Answered by 20 Experts" Edited by Marjorie J. Dietz. It does cover seed starting, planting, etc. but I'm not sure it has anything about seed saving.
The book covers a wide variety of topics: vegetable, fruit, flowers, perennials, trees and shrubs, bulbs, etc. It answers questions by region, gives good suggestions for varieties to plant, and addresses pests and diseases.
My copy is a 1982 edition from Doubleday, when I was a member of the book club. You might try Abebooks.com to see if they have it available, in case the book is out of print. They are a great resource for inexpensive used books.
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