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    Suzi
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    Hello everyone! I was wondering whether you have some recommendations on a good book or website about seed saving/starting. I have been gardening for 3 years now, with quite goods results if I may say so myself and started my own plants from seed I got from other gardeners, but I plan to expand my knowledge in the area. I would like to save some heirloom vegetable seeds and also annual flowers and do it the right way. I do not know if is matters but I live in Eastern Europe, so summers and hotter and winters are colder than in UK.

    #38089

    charles
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    Good plan Suzi!
    I like Sue Stickland’s “Back Garden Seed Saving”, Ecologic books 2009.
    She explains the important things to know (cross pollination, isolation etc) and gives sound practical advice.
    I think your hot summers will help.

    #38090

    Rhys
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    Suzi

    I asked the same question of Charles back in the autumn and bought this book back then. It is an excellent read. You should be able to source it through http://www.abebooks.co.uk, who I find a useful outlet for sourcing less mainstream books, if more usual channels prove challenging.

    #38108

    Suzi
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    Thank you so much for the advice. I feel this will be a great gardening year!

    #38163

    Tristan
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    Just to add to the useful advice already given

    Take a look at realseeds website, loads of useful info and even free plans for a threshing/winnowing machine if you plan to do a lot.

    As for books, one of my favourites is ‘The Seed Saver’s Handbook’, by J Cherfas , M & J Fanton. It’s out of print but often pops up on used book sites.

    Hope this helps,

    Tristan

    Tristan

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