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Breed Your Own Vegetable Varie

The Gardener's and Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving
Hardcover Book
Chelsea Green
October, 2000
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All gardeners and farmers can be plant breeders. Developing new vegetable varieties doesn’t require a specialized education, a lot of land, or even a lot of time. It can be done on any scale, and you can get useful new varieties much faster than you might suppose. And you can eat your mistakes. This definitive guide to plant breeding and seed saving will be useful for the serious home gardener and the small-scale farmer or commercial grower.


ª  How to breed for a wide range of different traits (flavour, size, shape, or colour; cold or heat tolerance; pest and disease resistance; and regional adaptation)

ª  How to save seed and maintain varieties

ª  How to conduct your own variety trials and other farm- or garden-based research

ª  How to breed for performance under organic or sustainable growing methods.

In this one-size-fits-all world of multinational seed companies, plant patents, and biotech monopolies, more and more gardeners and farmers are recognizing that they need to “take back their seeds.” They need to save more of their own seed, grow and maintain the best traditional and regional varieties, and develop more of their own unique new varieties. Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties shows the way, and offers an exciting introduction to a whole new gardening adventure.

“Great Work. Great Book.” —Suzanne Ashworth, author of Seed to Seed

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