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

$29.95 - Softcover - 367 pages

"All gardeners and farmers should be plant breeders," says author Carol Deppe. Developing new vegetable varieties doesn't require 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 is the definitive guide to plant breeding and seed saving for the serious home gardener and the small-scale farmer or commercial grower.


  • 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

About the author:

Carol Deppe is a plant breeder and writer who lives in Corvallis, Oregon. She holds a B.S. degree in zoology from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University. She maintains a Web site (caroldeppe.com), and continues to develop new crops for sustainable agriculture.

"Any gardener interested in vegetable plant breeding must have this book. It is the standard reference. But it is also much more than that. Deppe's grasp of the intricacies of plant life will enlighten food lovers as well as general readers. Thank you, Carol Deppe!"
Michael MacCaskey, Editor-in-Chief, NationalGardening.com

"Deppe has done Luther Burbank one better. She has bred many significant new varieties and now has provided instructions for others to follow her lead. Great Work. Great Book."
Suzanne Ashworth, author, Seed to Seed

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