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.