Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties The Gardener's and Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving

ISBN-10: 1890132721

ISBN-13: 9781890132729

Edition: 2nd 2000 (Revised)

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All gardeners and farmers should be plant breeders, says author Carol Deppe. 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. It's enjoyable. It's deeply rewarding. You can get useful new varieties much faster than you might suppose. And you can eat your mistakes. Authoritative and easy-to-understand,Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener's and Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Savingis the only guide to plant breeding and seed saving for the serious home gardener and the small-scale farmer or commercial grower. Discover: how to breed for a wide range of different traits (flavor, size, shape, or color; cold or heat tolerance; pest and disease resistance; and regional adaptation) how to save seed and maintain varieties how to conduct your own variety trials and other farm- or garden-based research 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: The Gardener's and Farmer's Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Savingshows the way, and offers an exciting introduction to a whole new gardening adventure.
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List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 11/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Oregon plant breeder Carol Deppe, author of The Tao of Vegetable Gardening , holds a PhD in biology from Harvard University and specializes in developing public-domain crops for organic growing conditions, sustainable agriculture, and human survival for the next thousand years. Carol is author of The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times (Chelsea Green, 2010),nbsp; Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties, 2nd ed. (Chelsea Green, 2000),nbsp; Tao Te Ching: A Window to the Tao through the Words of Lao Tzu (Fertile Valley Publishing, 2010), andnbsp; Taoist Stories (Fertile Valley Publishing, 2014). Visit for articles and further adventures.

Introduction to the Original Edition
Introduction to the Second Edition
How to Use This Book
An Introduction to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving
Amateur Vegetable Breeding
Why every gardener should be a plant breeder
Stories of three amateurs and what they've done
How Much Space Do You Need? How Much Time?
Vegetable breeding can be done on any scale
You can do an elaborate tomato-breeding project in a few half-gallon pots of soil, or a pea-breeding project in a few feet of row
Some projects require only a year or two to produce material that is an improvement over anything available commercially
Roles and Goals for Amateurs; Wish Lists and Wild Ideas
Breeding for flavor. Breeding for size, shape, color, earliness, cold or heat resistance, disease resistance, regional adaptation, yield
Breeding as an expression of individuality, for your tastes and needs
Breeding varieties that do well under organic gardening or farming methods
Breeding new and unusual crops
Discovering popbeans and tiny fast-cooking chickpeas (garbanzos)
Thinking small, thinking big, daring to dream
Finding Germplasm
Obtaining germplasm and information about it
How to work with seed companies, seed saving organizations, and plant science professionals
How to gain access to and use the collections of the USDA-ARS National Plant Germplasm System
Evaluating Germplasm and Experimental Material; Variety Trials and Gardening Research
How to design, conduct, and evaluate garden trials
How to combine trials with production of food and beauty
How to get good information with the least amount of land and labor
Genetics and Plant Parenthood
Sex and the Single Gene; Mendel's Genes
Modern Genes
The Genetic Basis of Seed Saving
Inbreeding and the genetic nature of inbreeding crop varieties
Saving seed from inbreeders
Outbreeding and the genetic nature of outbreeding crop varieties
Inbreeding depression. Outcrossing and self-incompatibility
Saving seed of outbreeders
Inbreeder or outbreeder - how you can tell?
Saving seed from hybrids
Making and breaking hybrids
Plant Breeding Stories
Popbeans and purple peas
Perennial vegetable buckwheat and perennial lettuce-salsify
Power selection, power inbreeding, crosses, backcrosses, and recurrent backcrossing
'Rainbow Inca' sweet corn Tomatoes, squash, and melons
Bigger, Brighter, and More Beautiful
Creating polyploids
Chromosome doubling using colchicine
Breeding with established polyploids
Fun with Wide Crosses
Crosses between distant relatives within a species
Crosses between different species
Creating entirely new crop species
Happy Accidents
Taking advantage of new mutations, sports, bud sports, and accidental crosses
More cold-hardy fava beans, bigger tomatoes, and giant top-setting onions
Domesticating Wild Plants
Expanding Horizons
Table I 801 Interesting Plants
Vegetables of the world and their wild relatives;
edible plants that have the potential for being developed into vegetables
fruits, nuts, and grains
Scientific names, common names, families, and lifestyles
Basic breeding systems, chromosome numbers, flowering patterns, flower types and modifications, average cross-pollination frequency, major pollen vectors, and incompatibility system information
Recommended isolation distances, seed yields, location in the USDA-ARS National Plant Germplasm System, and references
Seed Saving Practice
An Introduction to Seed Saving
Why save seeds? Seed-saving overview
Saving seed from hybrids. Roles and purposes
Growing Seed
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