Seed to Seed
Fall is a good time to collect seed from plants for next season. The bible for seed savers is Seed to Seed: Seed Saving Techniques for the Vegetable Gardener, by Suzanne Ashworth (Seed Saver Publications, RR 3, Box 239, Decorah, Iowa 52101; 1991; $20). It offers a wealth of information on seed saving, with details on the various groups of vegetables and instruction on isolation distances, pollination techniques, seed cleaning methods, storage techniques, and record keeping.
Wildflowers on the Web
The following Web sites are great sources of information on wildflower planting. Check them out before creating your mini meadow or native planting bed:
Wildflower Information from Mississippi State University (http://ext.msstate.edu/pubs/pub1709.htm)
Wildflower Information from Texas A&M University (http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/wildseed/tamuhort.html)
Wildflower Information from the University of Kentucky (www.ca.uky.edu/agc/pubs/for/for71/for71.htm)