Seeds: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Successfully from Seed

by Jekka McVicar

ISBN-10: 1585748749
ISBN-13: 9781585748747
Region: British
Publisher: Lyons Press
Publication Date: March, 2003
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About Seeds: The Ultimate Guide to Growing Successfully from Seed

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If you have ever been frustrated by alpine seeds that refused to germinate, or basil seedlings that failed to thrive, or simply wanted to know how to grow specimens from seeds taken from your garden plants, the clear and straightforward instructions found in SEEDS will increase your chances of success every time. SEEDS offers practical advice to help both first-time growers and experienced gardeners alike reap the benefits of nature’s most miraculous process. In addition to basic information about different types of seeds, how they are pollinated and fertilized, and advice about when to harvest, and how to sort and store seeds, there is detailed information on over five hundred genera, encompassing entries for alpines, annuals, grasses, trees, herbs and vegetables. Simple step-by-step planting methods emphasize a hands-on approach to growing based on organic principles, and planting directions include all the equipment and materials you will need, as well as the ideal time and conditions for sowing. These tried and tested techniques will give gardeners the confidence and knowledge they need to raise the plants they love. SEEDS is a vital guide for anyone who wants to make their growing space a lasting source of pleasure and satisfaction.

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About Jekka McVicar

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Crowned the ‘Queen of Herbs’ by Jamie Oliver and a Rick Stein’s food hero, Jekka McVicar’s passion for herbs started in early childhood when her mother taught her to make fresh mint sauce.

Jekka first started growing her own organic herbs in a small back garden in Bristol over 25 years ago, and organic herbs have been her life ever since. In 1987 Jekka and her family established Jekka’s Herb Farm, producing herbs for mail order, from its present location in South Gloucestershire.

Jekka has been awarded 62 RHS Gold Medals for her organic herb displays, including 14 at the Chelsea Flower Show.

As well as the day-to-day running of the farm, Jekka is also well-known for her regular appearances on TV and radio gardening and cookery broadcasts.

She is also an enthusiastic writer on herbs, having published five successful books: Jekka’s Complete Herb Book, Good Enough to Eat (reprinted as Cooking With Flowers), Seeds and the New Book of Herbs. Jekka’s Complete Herb Book and Seeds have recently been reprinted in association with the RHS. Jekka’s latest book, Jekka’s Herb Cookbook was published in June 2010.

Jekka is an elected member of the RHS Council, the governing body of the RHS responsible for its strategic direction, and sits on a number of RHS committees.

Jekka is also President of the West of England Herb Society.

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