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The New Seed Starters Handbook Paperback – February 15, 1988
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In this revised and expanded version of The Seed-Starter's Handbook, gardening writer Bubel discusses starting seeds indoors, moving plants outdoors and saving seeds, then presents a lengthy "encyclopedia of plants to grow from seed" that describes the characteristics of dozens of flowers, vegetables and herbs. Bubel gives advice on the time-consuming process of growing plants from seeds in a writing style that is chatty and accessible. The reader will enjoy her enthusiasm and benefit from her thoroughness. But Bubel can be overly cute, as when she relates how she once "tried planting melon seeds in cast-off shoes." She also tends to repeat herself, and her presentation of technical information on the germination of seeds is difficult to follow. Illustrations not seen by PW.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"The reader will enjoy [Nancy's] enthusiasm and benefit from her thoroughness."--"Publishers Week
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I had never grown anything from seed before, but my greenhouse is full of plants I grew from seed. It's Winter and it was fun to go out during Oklahoma's record-breaking Christmas Eve Blizzard and there I was in the middle of my vegetable garden. The plants didn't mind the blizzard outside and I'm now harvesting some of what I planted.
I learned what not to include in the potting soil when propagating seeds and signs of soil deficiencies, and what to do about it. I'm learning about soil acidity, but I need some time to get a handle on that one. I learned about the spacing of seeds and I used the suggested method of planting lettuce and carrots and the putting radishes inbetween. They are harvested first, leaving plenty of space for the lettuce and carrots. That is important when planting space is scarce. There are notes under pollination, where I learned the different ways specific plants can be pollinated, with or without insects. I am just now trying the method of jiggling tomatoes. I read about but don't yet understand humidity requirements.
I learned when to plant outside, by counting back. I need to work on that.
My greenhouse is full of beautiful, growing vegetables. I've harvested some, even though I would rather just leave them there. They are beautiful. January is half over. It won't be long until I can take my new skills outside and practice them.
I'm glad I had this book. It took some of the 'guess' out gardening from seeds. I really like this book.
I used to purchased plants from a nursery years ago in Colorado, but after reading this book, I decided to grow my own plants. After reading the book twice, I bought my seeds, fencing, etc. and then decided to make my own "seed-starting and growing system" using snap-together shelving, flourescent lights, disposable nesting pans,plastic shoe boxes and an electric blanket! It took me about a month to put it all together and set it up, but it works like a charm!! If you want to know more, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you more info on its setup and use. Her tips and tricks are great and I'm sure every gardener, new or accomplished, will enjoy it tremendously.
It covers insects and diseases, and also seed saving. It also has a very useful plant index in the back giving details of how to start many many plants from seed, including ideal temperature and best growing conditions.
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