Totally Crazy Easy Florida Gardening: The Secret to Growing Piles of Food in the Sunshine State Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B013U8XT3I
- Publisher : Florida Food Forests, Inc. (September 1, 2015)
- Publication date : September 1, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 762 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 114 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #82,035 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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- Live in Florida?
- Want to try your hand at growing your own food?
- Want to beautify your home with indigenous plants that don’t require excessive maintenance?
- Wondering why all the other stuff you planted is dead or ruined by pests?
- Not a novice but want to really dig deep into your understanding of getting optimal results in this climate?
Save yourself a whole lot of headache and a whole lot of money by reading this book before just going ham at Home Depot, sticking it in the ground and praying.
By the end you’ll know what to plant, where to plant it and how to keep it alive. You’ll know how to evaluate and improve your soil. You’ll understand how to deal effectively with pests. You’ll get advice based upon what areas of Florida you live in (gulf or Palm cost, northern FL etc.). You’ll get specific recommendations for various use cases (Want a fast growing vine? Looking for shade? Looking to grow enough food to cook with? Want something ornamental and tolerant of the scorching summer sun?)
Basically, it’s a one stop shop.
Reading this has multiplied my success rate as well as my satisfaction with Florida gardening.
If the author is listening: in an updated, perhaps more comprehensive version (in addition to, rather than replacing this) it would be really useful to have a “quick reference” / “at a glance” of color photos based upon your location of the plants you mention, preferably by us and with a key indicating needs for sun, watering, etc.. Even if they were small and in a table, calling out the main features for easy identification instead of showing a full plant. For the unfamiliar novice, it can be daunting to commit all the names to memory, and visualize your descriptions. It would save the aspiring gardener from excessive google-ing alongside reading the book, and provide an excellent reference to bring along to a garden store to help identify the plants you are looking for. It can be a bit involved to crouch and read the labels / names on each pot to find what you are looking for.
Personally I was willing to google and I understand the cost considerations in publication, especially when printing in small volume. I didn’t think it enough to bump a star especially considering the wealth of other information inside but I think in future editions people would really welcome that addition.
David the Good has been there, done that, and found some solutions. And if you've been stymied by your Florida "garden" attempts before, give him a try! Grow the things that WANT to grow in Florida (it's okay to give up on celery. Really.), and plant them when they want to be planted (ignore what the seed packet says!).