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The Manual of Seed Saving: Harvesting, Storing, and Sowing Techniques for Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruits

By Andrea Heistinger

Translated by Ian Miller

Even if someone already has a good book on seed saving, he or she also needs The Manual of Seed Saving.

Washington Post

Growing vegetables, fruits, and herbs from seed has many benefits for both the gardener and the planet. Seed saving helps gardeners maintain important regional varieties that are well suited for specific conditions, encourages plant diversity, and helps promote plants with the best texture, flavor, and variety.

The Manual of Seed Saving is an authoritative guide from experts around the globe. Supported by research from the global conservation organizations Arche Noah and Pro Specie Rara, it features information on how to maximize seed quality and yield for more than 100 crop plants. It includes popular market plants like asparagus, carrots, corn, rhubarb, spinach, squash, and tomatoes. Plant profiles include critical information on pollination, isolation distances, cultivation, harvest, storage, and pests and diseases.

The Manual of Seed Saving is an essential reference for all food producers including vegetable growers, market gardeners, and farmers.

Media reviews

"Even if someone already has a good book on seed saving, he or she also needs The Manual of Seed Saving. Well illustrated and thorough, it demystifies an important and satisfying practice that is attracting many converts."

—Barbara Damrosch, Washington Post

"Practical gardeners will appreciate the handy nature of The Manual of Seed Saving. ... It's bound to become a well-thumbed reference guide."

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

"With increasing numbers of edible plant varieties disappearing from seed catalogs and gardens, this work enables its audience to engage in a worthy pursuit. It will be very useful for hobbyists and professional growers. A green thumb up."

Library Journal

"A handy guide for seed savers."

—Katherine Grace Endicott, San Francisco Chronicle

"Makes it easy to find information in a snap, on most any edible you want to grow."

—Kylee Baumle, Horticulture Magazine

About the author

Andrea Heistinger

Andrea Heistinger works professionally as an agronomist, author, and educator. She studied agriculture at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. She lives and works in the Waldviertel region of Austria and in South Tyrol, Italy.

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