Books for Seed Savers and Growers

Get ready for the free seed swap coming to the monthly Coolbellup Hub Home Grown Fruit & Veg  Swap on 3 June.

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1. The complete guide to saving seeds : 322 vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits, trees, and shrubs / Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough.

Learn how to collect, save, and cultivate the seeds from more than 300 vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers, trees, and shrubs.

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2. Growing from seed / Alan Toogood.

How to propagate from seed — flowering plants, vegetables, fruit, herbs, and tree. Essential know-how — illustrated guide to propagation materials, tools and equipment; soils and growing media; preparing and germinating seedlings; the importance of garden hygiene. Techniques — collecting and sowing seeds; propagation techniques; growing on and pricking out; common problems affecting seeds.

3. The manual of seed saving : harvesting, storing, and sowing techniques for vegetables, herbs, and fruits / Andrea Heistinger in assocaition with Arche Noah, Pro Specie Rara.

This comprehensive guide to saving vegetable seeds contains the kind of high-level, technical information needed by market gardeners and self- sufficiency practitioners to refine their seed saving techniques.

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4. New plants from old : simple, natural, no-cost plant propagation / Jackie French.

Why buy your garden, when you can grow it at no cost? Why limit your garden to your nursery’s range, when there’s so much more to choose from? Why spend on seeds and seedlings, when nature’s bounty can be yours for free?

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5. Plants from pips : how to grow a garden from kitchen scraps / Holly Farrell

What do avocadoes, apples, mangoes and tomatoes have in common? The answer is that they can all be grown at home, for free, from pips that you would otherwise throw into the recycling bin. This book shows you how to grow a range of fruit and vegetables, indoors and out, with minimum equipment and experience.

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6. Saving vegetable seeds : harvest, clean, store, and plant seeds from your garden / Fern Marshall Bradley.

This illustrated, step-by-step guide shows you how to save seeds from 20 of the most popular vegetable garden plants, including beans, carrots, peas, peppers, and tomatoes. You’ll learn how each plant is pollinated (key to determining how the seed should be saved), how to select the seeds to collect, and how to process and store collected seeds. Grow the varieties you love, year after year!

7. The seed garden : the art and practice of seed saving / written by Micaela Colley & Jared Zystro ; edited by Lee Buttala & Shanyn Siegel

In this comprehensive book, Seed Savers Exchange, one of the foremost American authorities on the subject, and the Organic Seed Alliance bring together decades of knowledge to demystify the time-honored tradition of saving the seed of more than seventy-five coveted vegetable and herb crops from heirloom tomatoes and long-favored varieties of beans, lettuces, and cabbages to centuries-old varieties of peppers and grains.

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8. Seed libraries : and other means of keeping seeds in the hands of the people / Cindy Conner.

Seed Libraries is a practical guide to saving seeds through community programs. Whoever controls the seeds controls the food supply. By empowering communities to preserve and protect the genetic diversity of their harvest,Seed Libraries is the first step towards reclaiming our self-reliance while enhancing food security and ensuring that the future of food is healthy, vibrant, tasty, and nutritious.

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9. Seeds : the ultimate guide to growing successfully from seed / Jekka McVicar ; photography by Marianne Majerus.

SEEDS offers practical advice to help both first-time growers and experienced gardeners alike reap the benefits of nature’s most miraculous process. In addition to basic information about different types of seeds, how they are pollinated and fertilized, and advice about when to harvest, and how to sort and store seeds, there is detailed information, encompassing entries for alpines, annuals, grasses, trees, herbs and vegetables.

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10. Seedswap : the gardener’s guide to saving and swapping seeds / Josie Jeffery

An illustrated introduction to saving seeds–how to harvest seeds from your own garden, set up a seed library to share with your community, and grow plants from your own seed stash. This is the perfect book for first-time gardeners. The work of seed collections and seed banks is explored, and advice is given on how to collect, clean, store, preserve, and raise seeds. The second part of the book contains an extensive plant directory, which is full of advice on how to grow plants from “seed to seed.

11. Let’s propagate! : a plant propagation manual for Australia / Angus Stewart.

In this comprehensive book, Seed Savers Exchange, one of the foremost American authorities on the subject, and the Organic Seed Alliance bring together decades of knowledge to demystify the time-honored tradition of saving the seed of more than seventy-five coveted vegetable and herb crops from heirloom tomatoes and long-favored varieties of beans, lettuces, and cabbages to centuries-old varieties of peppers and grains.

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12. Making vegetables. Volume I / by Shoshanna Easling.

Introduces heirloom seeds, and the great need for them. You will find easy instructions on germinating seeds, nurturing seedlings, and then transferring them to your garden. It is packed with step-by-step instructions and full-color pictures that make it fun and easy to follow.

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