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Seeds By Jekka Mcvicar

Seeds by Jekka Mcvicar

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Summary

Jekka McVicar describes each seed, when and how to harvest, sort and store. Aided by practical growing instructions and complemented by "plant recipes" this title covers over 500 genera, and many more species and cultivars in practical and extensive detail.

Seeds Summary

Seeds by Jekka Mcvicar

This is a fully comprehensive guide to please even the most thorough grower. Beginning with an overview of the nature of seeds, including how they are pollinated and fertilized, Jekka McVicar, drawing on her extensive experience of her own herb farm outside Bristol, describes each seed, when and how to harvest, sort and store. Once the foundation is laid the main scope of the book begins, how does one grow specific plants from seeds? Aided by practical growing instructions and complemented by "plant recipes" it covers over 500 genera, and many more species and cultivars in practical and extensive detail. Alpines, annuals, aquatic plants, trees, herbs and cacti are just a few of the many categories of plants discussed with helpful cross-referencing and photography to spur the reader into action.

Seeds Reviews

An extremely comprehensive book from an author more renowned for her Gold Medal winning herb displays and organic gardening. Every group of plant is covered from the more usual annuals, perennials, shrubs and vegetables through to cacti, ferns, palms and aquatic plants. Drawing on her own experience and that of fellow nurserymen, Jekka McVicar gives a concise picture of this fascinating method of plant propagation. Attractively illustrated with the photographs of Marianne Majerus, it is a clear, straightforward guide to seed propagation. The most helpful information included is germination times, something many previous books on the subject have omitted. Many a would-be propagator has thrown away an apparently 'dead' pot of seeds only to discover them suddenly germinating wherever the compost has been turned out! Following on from the A-Z listings of the various groups of plants is the practical information on the generalities of sowing from composts, equipment to seed collection and breaking of dormancy. Unfortunately the terminology in many instances appears to be aimed at the experienced grower rather than the novice and the repetition of the unnecessary 'substrate' as well as compost is particularly irritating. However, as Jekka McVicar says in her introduction, seed growing is a return to nature, the wonders of an emergent shoot never failing to astonish and amaze the sower. What better way to introduce a child to gardening than with a packet of calendula or nasturtium, easily grown and guaranteed to succeed, making an impression which may last a lifetime? This is one of the most in-depth guides to seed propagation recently published and will be an invaluable reference tool for gardeners for many years to come.

About Jekka Mcvicar

Jekka McVicar has been growing herbs for over 20 years and owns a successful herb farm in Bristol where she practices organic methods. Since 1992 she has won 28 Royal Horicultural Society gold medals. Her previous books are Good Enough to Eat and Jekka's Complete Herb Book.

Additional information

GOR001796837
9781856263887
1856263886
Seeds by Jekka Mcvicar
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Octopus Publishing Group
2001-11-19
256
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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