The second (larger) section of the book goes over all the major vegetable families and gives information about many common and rare vegetable varieties. Each plant section contains an introduction to the plant, its botanical classification, a section on pollination crossing and isolation, a section on seed production harvest and processing, and seed statistics. The individual plant sections also contain recommendations from master gardeners in each region of the United States. These gardeners suggest appropriate planting dates and often elaborate on how to care for the plant in the specific area.
So, here is a little of what I learned from reading this book:
|Ozark Pink Tomato Blossoms mutate in Tucson's late-summer heat|
|Cucumbers and melons exhibit monecious flowers|
|Dioecious female spinach requires a male spinach plant|
|Brocolli flowers are self-incompatible|
|Seed saving is a valuable skill worth developing!|
Saving seeds from your garden can allow you to become more self-sufficient. Perhaps your local nursery won’t be as happy about you producing your own seed, but your finances will, and along the way you can develop skills that will enable you to be prepared for things to come. As I harvest my own seed my hope is that, if I had to, I could support my family from the food I grow.