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In order to produce a seed, or simply become a better gardener, there are vast acres of valuable references to be found throughout published and non-published sources. The following are texts we have found to be particularly knowledgeable and reliable.


  • Ashworth, Suzanne (2002). Seed to Seed. (2nd ed) Decorah, Iowa: Seed Savers Exchange.
  • Cassselman, Bill (1998). Canadian Food Words. Toronto: McArthur & Co.
  • Crawford, Michael (2010). Creating a Forest Garden. Cambridge: Green Books Ltd.
  • Facciola, Stephen (1998). Cornucopia II: A Source Book of Edible Plants. Vista, California: Kampong Publications.
  • Flores, Barbara (1997). The Great Sunflower Book. Berkeley, California: Ten Speed Press.
  • Fortin, François & Serge D’Amico (eds) (1996). The Visual Food Encyclopaedia. Montreal: Éditions Québec/Amérique.
  • Foster, Nelson & Linda Cordell (eds) (1996). Chilies to Chocolate. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
  • Gerard, John (1633). The Herbal or General History of Plants Revised and enlarged by Thomas Johnson (1975), New York: Dover Publications.
  • Lorenz & Maynard (eds) (1997). Knott’s Handbook for Vegetable Growers. (4th ed) New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Male, Carolyn (1999). 100 Heirloom Tomatoes for the American Gardener. New York: Workman Publishing.
  • Martin, Tovah (1999). Heirloom Flowers. New York: Fireside.
  • Mays, Daniel (2020). The No-Till Organic Vegetable Farm. Massachusetts: Storey Publishing.
  • Moerman, Daniel (1998). Native American Ethnobotany. Portland,Oregon: Timber Press.
  • Needham, Nydia (2021). Creating Your Permaculture Heaven. Bolton, Ontario: Amazon.ca
  • Powell, Eileen (1995). From Seed to Bloom. Pownal, Vermont: Storey Books.
  • Prance, Ghillean & Mark Nesbitt (2002). The Cultural History of Plants. New York: Routledge.
  • Riotte, Louise (1975). Carrots Love Tomatoes. Pownal, Vermont: Storey Books.
  • Rodale, J. I. (ed) (1999). Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening. Pennsylvania: Rodale Books Inc.
  • Schneider, Elizabeth (1986). Uncommon Fruits & Vegetables. New York: William Morrow & Co.
  • Wallace, Janet (ed) (2001). Organic Field Crop Handbook. (2nd ed) Ottawa: Canadian Organic Growers.
  • Weaver, William W. (1997). Heirloom Vegetable Gardening. New York: Henry Holt & Co.
  • Whealy, Kent (1999). Garden Seed Inventory. (5th ed) Decorah, Iowa: Seed Savers Exchange.
  • Wilkinson Barash, Cathy (1995). Edible Flowers. Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing