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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (June 12, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813016746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813016740
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a must for anyone who has moved to Florida and wants to garden!
srh2767
It is a very user friendly book and has lots of good photos along with lots of good information.
Marcy Jones
This book has the kind of information you need to grow your own food in Florida.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Judith K. Ohare on June 3, 2002
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Being new to gardening it has been a chore finding books I can understand about gardening. Many make promises but don't deliver information in a senible manner and I end up more frustrated than satisfied. This one delivers. The thing I love about this book is its simple easily understandable format. The book is loaded with color photographs that help me distinguish the different kinds of problems plants suffer from, making it a simple process in learning how to care for my plants and exactly what may be the problem.
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.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. Levine on June 6, 2006
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This beautifully illustrated book steers clear from all the "professional jargon" and actually allows you to get outside and garden!

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.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Heather N. Moore on September 23, 2005
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As a new gardener, I was happy to read this easy to follow guide. It answers the basic questions, and gives great timelines to follow. It has full color pictures, that really help you to visualize what they are talking about in the text. It is not a fancy garden book, with all the scientific "mumbo jumbo". Just easy directions to follow for success. So far my garden looks great and I have had no problems thanks to this book.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Rebam on March 21, 2008
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I was not impressed with this book, especially as a beginner gardener. It is pretty poorly written. I found myself having to look up many terms as they aren't defined in the book. Little context or explanation is given to seemingly major aspects of gardening. For instance, when talking about fertilizing in containers, the author says, "the nutrient solution must be added and drained in the container once or twice a day." What nutrient solution? For what plants? What ratios? It never says.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gaines Bishop on October 26, 2010
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This is the go-to book for Florida gardening! If you are new to FL and want to raise vegies, this is the book you need. Even if you have gardening expertise, you will need some more info for Florida gardening as it is quite different!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TP on March 14, 2011
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Katrina Vitkus, illustrator, made this book work. Page vi says the photos came from sources including Marshall Breeze, the UF/IFAS Entomology Department, the National Garden Bureau, Marcia K Oehler, Dole, The Herb Garden, and (of course) Katrina Vitkus. This book has ten pages of the most useful photos of garden pests I've ever seen. That section is followed by four pages of information on recognizing diseases, and then a photo of what "root knot" looks like. The information on each disease is brief, and limited to how to recognize each disease or fungus, but is very clear--especially in conjunction with the photos. The photo of nine kinds of tomatoes strongly reminded me of the lovely photos in the Baker Creek heirloom seed catalog, which I didn't order early enough this year.

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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cracker Jack on February 6, 2010
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Growing vegetables in Florida is different than anywhere else in the U.S. Recent transplants (human variety) and snowbirds (human variety) need the kind of guidance offered here. If they try to raise crops as they did in Iowa or Tennessee, they'll fail every time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Strawderman on January 14, 2014
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Anyone growing vegetables in Florida will benefit from owning this book. I have given it to several gardening friends. Best investment for improving your gardening results.
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