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Heirloom Harvest. Modern Daguerreotypes of Historic Garden Treasures. Amy Goldman (Author), Jerry Spagnoli (Photography), M Mark (Afterward), 2015. Bloomsbury. 192 pages. List price US $85.00/CAN $97.00. Hardcover. ISBN: 978-1-62040-777-6.

Heirloom Harvest is a book of three distinct parts, each of which can stand alone. The first, fruits of the earth, is a glimpse into the author’s history with a house that “seemed quirky and off-kilter” and the farm that she quickly came to love. This part is a tale of the loving- and time- consuming restoration of the Abraham Traver house and the careful planning and planting

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Handbook of Plant Nutrition. 2007. Allen V. Barker and David J. Pilbeam (eds.). CRC Press, 600 Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL 33487. 613 p., $139.95 hardcover. ISBN 0-8247-5904-4.

For almost half a century Chapman's Diagnostic Criteria for Plants and Soils has been the reference of choice for those needing concise, reliable information on plant nutrition. Over time, however, much new data have been developed by horticulturists, agronomists, and soil scientists. Accordingly, a 21st century reference was sorely needed and that need is fulfilled with publication of Handbook of Plant Nutrition

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Traditional varieties and selections of tropical pumpkins have long trailing vines that produce two to five fruit weighing from 2 to 20 kg each. Bush inbreds have been developed from crosses between `La Primera', `La Segunda', and `Seminole' with `Bush Butternut'. These inbred plants produce four to 10 early-maturing fruit weighing 1 to 2 kg each at the crown of the plant. Hybrids made with the vining types produce plants that have short or intermediate-length vines. Fruit are produced at the crown and on short laterals on the short-vine hybrids and on laterals on the intermediate-vine hybrids. Some short-vined and intermediate-vined hybrids produce higher yields than the traditional type, but fruit size is smaller and the fruit wall is generally thinner. C42-1-9-1 x Linea C. Pinta, an intermediate-vine type, produced the highest yield in spring (66.5 t·ha–1) and fall (39.9 t·ha–1) at Bradenton, Fla. About three fruit weighing 4 to 5 kg each were produced per plant.

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The Drawings of Antoine Nicholas Duchesne for his Natural History of the Gourds. Harry S. Paris. 2007. Museum National d'Historie Naturelle, Publications Scientifiques, CP39, 57, Rue Cuvier, F-7505 Paris France. 454 pp., 258 color plates, List price $257. hardbound. ISBN 978-2-85653-604-9.

This gigantic book weighing about 6 kg and measuring 32 cm x 44 cm is the result of nearly two decades of research by eminent cucurbitologist, Harry S. Paris of the ARO, Newe Ya'ar Research Center, Israel. The search, with many disappointments along the way, finally led to the discovery of manuscript 5007 consisting of two voluminous portfolios

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Underutilized and Underexploited Horticultural Crops. Vol. 2. K.V. Peter (ed.) 2007. New Indian Publishing Agency, Pitam Pura, New Delhi, India 110 088. 355 p., 35 color plates. $99.95 hardcover ISBN 81-89422-69-3.

This book is the second volume on underutilized horticultural crops of the Indian subcontinent. Local authorities have prepared 20 chapters beginning with a general introduction on In situ Conservation of Horticultural Crops. The introduction is followed by chapters on specific underutilized crops, including six fruits, five vegetables, one root and tuber crop, two flowers, three trees, and two spices. Thus, there is something for horticulturists of