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Vegetable Gardening in Florida Paperback – June 12, 1999
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From the Back Cover
Jim Stephens offers clear explanations of useful gardening terms and joins popular growing concepts with the expertise of the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
-- types of gardens (including hydroponic and organic),
-- site selection,
-- vegetable variety selection,
garden establishment and care,
-- soil fertilization and management,
-- climatic implications,
-- cultivation practices, and
-- harvesting and storing.
He addresses the challenge of pests and diseases and includes a detailed and illustrated description of all the major and minor crops usually grown in Florida.
And he doesn't overlook the basic, practical advice: thin the turnips, Stephens says, keep your tools sharp and clean, don't use lawn fertilizer on those vegetables. This guide will be indispensable to county agents, schoolteachers, garden writers, and anyone who enjoys a juicy, homegrown tomato.
About the Author
Stephens was founder of Florida's Master Gardener program, the Florida Urban Gardening program, and the Organic Gardening Research and Educational Center at the University of Florida. He has received the presidential Gold Medal Award from the Florida State Horticultural Society, the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agents, and the Outstanding Specialist Award from both the Florida 4-H Agents Association and the Florida County Agents Association.
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Top Customer Reviews
I like the way he layed out the charts in the back of the book. One section for cold crops and one section for winter crops. He even has a section for herbs! It takes the work out of thumbing through page after page, book after book, of when, what and where I can grow things. Thanks, Mr. Stephens, for taking the mystery out of vegetable gardening and making my life a little easier and a lot simplier.
In a nicely uncluttered way, it shows you through the use of simple illustrated tables WHEN to plant each type of vegetable and WHERE. It makes gardening fun again.
Hooray! No longer does one have to spend days reading about soils, biological make-up, beneficial bugs and the other things that make vegetable gardening seem like some mysterious technological feat.
I hoped the book would give special attention to vegetables grown in Florida such as peppers. The only special attention peppers get are 4 paragraphs in the back of the book that talk about how many peppers will feed a family; that they should be transplanted "with care"; and that they are still edible after turning red (ya thanks!) Note that earlier in the book on pg 43, there is a chart about how easily veggies transplant. Peppers are in the "easily survive transplanting" category as opposed to "require care." Since the back of the book says to transplant the peppers "with care," I see this as a basic contradiction in the book.
I'm not really sure this book will help anyone, novice or expert. It's not detailed enough to help an expert and it's not clear enough to help a beginner. With the author's poor grammar and lack of context, you spend more time scratching your head about what he means than you do learning anything.
I usually prefer to buy a good book to learn how to do any new thing but so far with gardening I find the internet to be a better source of information.
Apart from the pest and disease photos, this is best seen as an idea book. There are some good charts here, but if you want hard, complete information about growing a specific plant under specific conditions, you should look at Tom MacCubbin's books.
I am excited at the idea of growing fresh vegatables in January. However, the soil surrounding my new home seems to be 90% sand. As a midwesterner I am used to rich loamy dirt so I know I have a lot to learn about gardening in Florida. VEGATABLE GARDENING IN FLORIDA has information about composting, rain barrels, container gardening and much more that will be helpful to me. It contains lists of plants that will do well in my area and gives the approximate planting dates as well as yeild.
I am looking forward to planting tomatoes, onions and lettuce in January.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was disappointed in this book because it covered use or chemical pesticides rather than principles of organic gardening. Basically it was an outdated book. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
My youngest brother (65) loved this Christmas gift. He cares for an older bed-ridden brother and and most of his entertainment is a back yard garden. Read morePublished 4 months ago by H. White
Very good. It is hard to find good books on growing vegetables in the summer in SW Florida. Comparatively, a good book.Published 7 months ago by Dianne McDaniel
This book is awesome. Tons of great information on growing vegetables in Florida.Published 7 months ago by Christie DeTrude