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Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener

- NEW Book
by Timber Press Books
March 31, 2013

How to Create Unique Vegetables and Flowers

By Joseph Tychonievich

It's the holy grail of gardening: a plant that perfectly matches your tastes and the conditions in your garden. The hitch? You're not likely to find it at your local garden center. You're going to have to create it yourself.

But don't worry — it isn't hard. After all, gardeners have been doing it for centuries, simply by saving seeds of the varieties that tasted or performed best. But you'll get even better results by following the advice in Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener .

You'll learn the ins and outs of genetics; how to cross-pollinate; the best techniques to use for popular vegetables and flowers; and how to harvest and store seeds. In no time at all, you'll be producing a tomato perfect for your palate, a pepper with just the right amount of heat, or a more fragrant rose!

"Gardeners will also be thankful that a skilled geneticist with a green thumb ... has opened up a universe of horticultural possibility." —Publishers Weekly

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