The Seed Garden: The ...
The Art and Practice of Seed Saving.
The Seed Savers Exchange and the Organic Seed Alliance have combined their considerable knowledge of seed saving to bring you the most up-to-date book on seed saving available.
The amount of practical knowledge on seed saving has grown over the years and this book presents it in easily digestible form. Includes most grains.
Buttala and Siegel, ed., 2015, 390 pp.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION: The Seed Savers and members of the Organic Seed Alliance have combined their considerable knowledge of seed saving to bring you the most up-to-date book on seed saving available. This book will serve you well in your seed saving at any level, while pretty enough to be a coffee table book.
The subtitle, The Art and Practice of Seed Saving, is the name of the first third of the book which completely describes and delineates seed saving techniques. The other two thirds give you detailed seed saving information for the 75 most important crops - pretty much everything you would be likely to grow, including major grains like wheat, rice and buckwheat that other seed saving books do not cover.
This book can't help but be compared with Seed to Seed, Suzanne Ashworth's venerable reference on saving seeds. In most ways The Seed Garden is so much more: more text on each variety, more and better pictures, with master class vignettes on essential processes (such as Insect Pollinator's or Germination Testing at Home. The amount of practical knowledge on seed saving has grown over the years and TSG presents it in easily digestible form. Seed to Seed still has relevance in certain areas: it contains rare species that The Seed Garden doesn't bother to cover (while it does not contain information on most grains that TSG does cover), certain techniques have some unique information - I would still like Seed to Seed on my garden bookshelf but move over, The Seed Garden is now best in its class.