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Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Seed Saving, and Cultural History

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In this encyclopedic guide to the history and cultivation of some of America's most treasured heirloom vegetables, food historian and organic gardener Will Weaver focuses on 280 profiled varieties of 37 vegetables and discusses nearly 400 others. He shares his over thirty years of original research from historical archives as well as hands-on gardening experience to help t ...more
Paperback, 439 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Owl Publishing Company (first published June 1997)
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William Woys Weaver is a sweet, intelligent man and a great historian. In the book's brief introduction, a wonderful picture is painted of Weaver's warm, loving, family-centric Quaker community and the healthy relationships he has with the Amish and Mennonite homesteaders near him. It also gives a brief but informative overview of the history of seed breeding and propagation and the US, starting from the importation of Dutch and French vegetable varieties to the beginning of commercial vegetable ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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This book is the definitive resource for information on heirloom vegetables and their history. It is very well organized with excellent photos and very skillful drawings of vegetables.

Note that this is no longer in print but is available on a CD. It was originally published by Henry Holt & Company in 1997 in hardback. I don't think it was ever offered in soft paperback. Michelle Obama personally requested a copy of this book a couple of years ago, for the White House Garden.
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Even more fabulously interesting than the best seed catalog. Where that variety came from and when and by whom and why and what it should look like growing in the garden. Not to mention it includes recipes.
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from a master gardener class: she considered this, with "The Manual of Seed Saving"/heistinger to be the bible on seed saving. Well laid out, invaluable info (ex. corn can pollinate with other corn within a one-mile radius. Be aware of other crops around your property. )
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm more concerned with unique and possibly clouded history than a plants productive and prolific abilities, this book did not really fulfill that craving, but it's an interesting look at a master growers personal favorites.
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Excellent review of literature as well as the documented history of hundreds of heirloom varieties that are still available, mostly thru Seed Savers Exchange.
Apr 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
good book to start with if one wants to learn more about heirloom veggies!
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