Vegetable Seed Saving Handbook
Introduces the website and suggests some possible starting points for using the Handbook.
Discusses some reasons why saving your own seeds is a good idea.
Shows how to grow plants that will produce healthy, vital seeds that will grow into strong, productive plants.
Gives background needed to grow seeds to preserve varieties (as opposed to growing seeds to adapt to your own specific gardening practices or culinary tastes).
Tells how to reproduce heirloom varieties true-to-type without cross-pollinating with other varieties of the same plant.
Shares practices that will help you to breed new seed varieties specially adapted to your own gardening habits and tastes.
Talks about how to determine how much space your varieties need to avoid crossing with other varieties nearby. Includes a table of isolation distances.
Lists specific seed saving procedures for common vegetables.
Gives safe, reliable methods for safely harvesting your seeds.
Learn how to safely store your seeds for long life and highest viability.
Gives sources for heirloom seeds, as well as some sources for wide-genetic-based varieties useful for selecting new varieties.
Lists some books concerning seed-saving, seed breeding and other seed-related topics.
Reprinted from Vegetable Seed Savers Handbook, Jack Rowe 1998, howtosaveseeds.com