Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties by Carol Deppe

A wonderful introduction to plant breeding written in a friendly manner and packed with information that every potential plant breeder should know. This book provides the essential foundation for understanding the plant breeding sciences.

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Deppe's “Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties”
From Library Journal
For those amateurs who want even more involvement with gardening than the planning, planting, thinning, weeding, watering, mulching, and harvesting that the average vegetable garden requires, this book will provide the answer. Deppe, who holds a Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University, relates the efforts of adventuresome gardeners to improve their favorite vegetables, including her own experiments with plants such as chickpeas and mustard greens. Since most commercial varieties of vegetables are bred for characteristics not necessarily valued by the home gardener (uniformity, tough skins for shipping, etc.), the home gardener can breed for better taste, nutrition, and hardiness. This pursuit is not for the botanical dilettante, however. Deppe stresses the legitimate need for scientific record keeping and reviews the basic principles of genetics and probability. The text concludes with a glossary, annotated bibliography, and several appendixes, including a very useful one on breeding some of the more popular vegetables. This book will have a limited audience, but for those willing to take up the trowel, it will be essential.
- Virginia A. Henrichs, Chicago Botanic Garden Lib., Glencoe, Ill..

We believe that this book will provide the essential basis for folks to understand what plant breeding is all about and how it can be done by real people with some thought and effort . . .