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Translated from the 2004 German Handbuch Samengärtnerei: Sorten Erhalten, Vielfalt Vermehren, Gemüse Geniessen. This comprehensive guide to saving vegetable seeds contains the kind of high-level, technical information needed by market gardeners and self- sufficiency practitioners to refine their seed saving techniques. With rising seed prices and increasing demand for heirloom varieties, the carefully trialled and reliable techniques detailed in The Manual of Seed-Saving will allow producers to develop their product lines; they will be able to deliver improved flavours and textures to consumers.
Andrea Heistinger works professionally as an agronomist, author and educator, focusing on the fields of plant breeding for organic agriculture and the practical knowledge of farmers and gardeners.