Beginning Seed Saving for the Home Gardener
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Beginning Seed Saving for the Home Gardener


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  • Pitch to appropriate podcasts like Small Town Homestead, Ideas on the Verge, Permaculture Podcast
  • Features offered to Organic Gardener, Mother Earth News, Hobby Farm, Civil Eats
  • Excerpts offered to Grit, Organic Gardener, Urban Farm, Cappers Farm, Small Farm Canada
  • Email promotion to members of Seed Savers Exchange and Seed of Diversity
  • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with the author's speaking engagements
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  • Author is a medical doctor who applies his scientific training and understanding of biology to his hobby of seed saving
  • Discusses methods for saving seeds in the home garden
  • Differs from other books on seed saving because it is written by a home seed saver for home seed savers
  • Specifically for the beginning seed saver
  • Requirements and limitations for home seed saving are very different to commercial seed saving
  • Includes techniques suitable to address the unique challenges faced by small scale growers such as gene pool and seed purity
  • Suitable for home gardeners who want to grow small amounts of a variety of plants
  • Easy methods for optimal seed saving for first time seed saver
  • Explains vegetative versus sexual propagation
  • Introduction to botany and sexual anatomy
  • Inbreeding versus outbreeding
  • Covers
    • Flowers
    • Legumes: Peas and Beans
    • Lettuce (applicable to cilantro and parsley)
    • Tomatoes and Peppers
    • Squash family, spinach and easy biennials
  • More advance methods include corn, carrots and parsnips and the cabbage family

Gardeners, homesteaders, urban farmers, community gardeners and garden educators


  • Interest in saving seed in Canada is gaining momentum. In 2014, the founder of Salt Spring Seeds estimated that tens of thousands of Canadians are saving their own seeds and predicted this would grow into a gardening revolution.
  • In February of this year, The National Famer's Union launched a campaign for a farmer friendly seed saving law.
  • Regional Interest: Atlantic provinces, Ontario, Quebec and BC

How home gardeners with limited time and garden space can reclaim the joy and independence of seed saving

Beginning Seed Saving for the Home Gardener explores how seed saving is not only easier than we think, but that it is essential for vibrant, independent, and bountiful gardens.

Many home gardeners refuse to eat a grocery store tomato, but routinely obtain seeds commercially, sometimes from thousands of miles away. And while seed saving can appear mysterious and intimidating, even home gardeners with limited time and space can experience the joy and independence it brings, freeing them from industry and the annual commercial seed order.

Coverage includes:

  • Why seed saving belongs in the home garden

  • Principles of vegetative and sexual reproduction

  • Easy inbreeding plants, including legumes, lettuce, tomatoes, and peppers

  • Plants with a few more challenges, including squash, spinach, onions, and parsley

  • Brief discussion of more difficult crops, including corn, carrots, and cabbage.

Written by a home seed saver for the home seed saver, Beginning Seed Saving for the Home Gardener is a comprehensive guide for those who want to reclaim our seed heritage, highlighting the importance of saving seeds for you, your neighbors, and most importantly, subsequent generations.


Part I: Seed Saving Belongs in the Home Garden
     A. Where Have All the Seed-Savers Gone?
     B. How This Book is Different
     C. How to Read This Book
     D. Why Should We Save Seed

Part II: Saving Seed: What We Need to Know About Our Plants in Order to Save Seed — General Principles
     A. How Exciting Do You Like It? Vegetative vs. Sexual Propagation
     B. You Look So Much Like Your Mother! Is My Plant a Hybrid or Open-Pollinated?
     C. How Plants Do It, Part I: Plant Sexual Anatomy
     D. How Plants Do It, Part II: How Do They Get Together?
     E. How Deep is Your Gene Pool? Inbreeding vs. Outbreeding
     F. Promiscuity vs. Prudence. How to Improve the Odds You Will Get the Result You Are Looking For (or Something Better!)

Part III: If It's Your First Time: Easy Inbreeding Plants with Perfect Flowers
     A. Peas and Beans
     B. Lettuce
     C. Tomatoes
     D. Peppers

Part IV: Plants with Moving Parts
     A. The Squash Family
     B. Spinach
     C. Easy(er) Biennials

Part V: Not as Hard as They Look — Biennials and Obligate Outbreeders
     A. Corn
     B. Carrots and Parsnip
     C. The Cabbage Family

Part VI: What Have We Missed?
     A. Cucumbers
     B. Melons
     C. Sunflowers

Part VIII: Strategies for Success
     A. Curing Seed, Seed Storage, and Longevity
     B. Biennials and Winter Storage
     C. Threshing and Winnowing
     D. Space-Saving Strategies
     E. A Drying House

Part VII: Final Recommendations: Try It!

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Published 24 September 2019
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EAN13 9781771423151
Language English
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