Friday, August 11, 2017

A Seed Savers Bibliography

The New Seed Starter's Handbook, Bubel, Nancy © 1988, Rodale Books, Once you have saved 'em, you gotta grow 'em. I had always started my own seeds, but when this book was really 'new,' I learned a lot more about growing plants from seed. This is still the classic, go-to book on the subject. The authority still.

Enduring Seeds: Native American Agriculture and Wild Plant Conservation, Nabhan, Gary Paul ©2002, University of Arizona Press Not a seed saving book per se, but a valuable background investigation to the seeds of Native American agricultural.

Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine, Nabhan, Gary Paul © 2008 Shearwater Again, not a seed saving book, but Nikolay Vavilov's research into the seeds of our foods is fascinating reading and helps ground a reader in the history of seed collecting and the reasons why we want to save seeds from the wilds.

Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's & Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding & Seed Saving , Deppe, Carol © 2000 Chelsea Green This is the most exhaustive and thorough book on the process of seed saving. Written with loving appreciation of seeds like no other book I've ever read, Carol Deppe is at once an authority on seeds and plant breeding and a knowledgeable gardener whose books I snatch up and devour as fast as possible. If you have interest in this field, buy this book now.

The Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants, Smith Jane S. © 2009, Penguin Press HC Like most folks interested in new plant varieties and the process by which we get new plants, I have a reverence for Luther Burbank, one of America's premier plant breeders. Burbank brought us the Burbank potato, Santa Rosa plums, Shasta Daisies and hundreds of other plants. His work in plant breeding places him with Henry Ford and Thomas Edison in Americans who brought innovation to the world. His story makes for some wonderful reading, Jane Smith has done a good job.

Heriloom Vegetable Gardening – A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Seed Saving and
Cultural History
, Weaver, William Woys, © 1997 Henry Holt & Co You can still get this on CD from Mother Earth News, but why the publisher has let this book go out of print is an absolute mystery to me. There is no other book that gives the history to so many seeds so thoroughly. Another work of love, Weaver's book has no peer from the past or present; nothing comes anywhere near to it and it should be republished without hesitation.

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