Gardening in the Humid South

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Two self-proclaimed "crotchety old horticulture professors," Ed O'Rourke and Leon Standifer share an immense love of gardening, a vast knowledge of all things horticultural, and a hearty sense of humor. In Gardening in the Humid South, they combine all of these traits to provide a practical and entertaining guide to gardening in the region they know best, the humid subtropics of the lower South.

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Overview

Two self-proclaimed "crotchety old horticulture professors," Ed O'Rourke and Leon Standifer share an immense love of gardening, a vast knowledge of all things horticultural, and a hearty sense of humor. In Gardening in the Humid South, they combine all of these traits to provide a practical and entertaining guide to gardening in the region they know best, the humid subtropics of the lower South.

In chapters with titles like "Bulbs and Things That Act Like Bulbs" and "Weeds: Telling Good Guys from Bad Guys," Ed and Leon offer friendly how-to advice on a broad array of issues, including choosing and preparing a cultivation site, raising fruit, growing in containers, using fertilizer, and preparing for cold weather.

Regardless of your gardening style, Ed and Leon can help. Are you a weekend warrior who enjoys leisurely Saturday mornings in the yard? Ed and Leon will show you ways to improve your garden while cutting back on your total effort. Is your yard large enough to keep you busy all day, every day? Ed and Leon know some short cuts that you probably haven't tried. Are you an apartment gardener with only a window sill and a few old pots to cultivate? Ed and Leon have some tips just for you. Even armchair gardeners will delight in living vicariously through the agricultural antics of these witty and wise old hands.

In Gardening in the Humid South, two old friends share their contagious enthusiasm for their avocation and show that despite the hard work, gardening is, above all, fun.

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Editorial Reviews

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Both former holticulture professors at Louisiana State University, O'Rourke and Standifer present a lively and comprehensive treatment of gardening in the humid subtropics of the lower South. These seasoned horticulturists approach their subject with a mix of scientific pragmatism and loving reverence. The book, in fact, reads like a lively discussion sprinkled with humorous stories, old-timers' advice on diagnostics and maintenance, and "homegrown" solutions to gardening problems. Despite its casual tone, the guide is indispensable to any Southern home gardener. The authors succeed in taking the confusion out of the scientific aspects of horticulture and provide readers with a helpful monthly calendar of timely opportunities and requisite chores and hassles. This exceptional book is highly recommended for both public and academic libraries, especially in the "Sunny South." Deborah A. Broocker, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Dunwoody Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807129746
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 946,150
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor emeritus of horticulture at Louisiana State University, Edmund N. O'Rourke Jr. lives in Baton Rouge.

Leon C. Standifer is professor emeritus of horticulture at Louisiana State University and the author of Not in Vain and Binding Up the Wounds, memoirs of his World War II army days.

Professor emeritus of horticulture at Louisiana State University, Edmund N. O'Rourke Jr. lives in Baton Rouge.

Leon C. Standifer is professor emeritus of horticulture at Louisiana State University and the author of Not in Vain and Binding Up the Wounds, memoirs of his World War II army days.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
Introducing the Authors xvii
1 Choosing the Site, Starting a Garden 1
2 Tools and Tricks of the Trade 20
3 Compost, Earthworms, and Productive Soil 46
4 Pots 'n' Plants 53
5 Bulbs and Things That Act Like Bulbs 67
6 Annuals and Herbaceous Perennials 76
7 What About Trees? 87
8 Fruit Trees and Small Fruits 117
9 Shrubs 141
10 Vines Are Fascinating Plants 148
11 A Soft Green Carpet 159
12 Insects, Diseases, and Combinations of the Two 179
13 A Plague on the Land? Chemical Pesticides 197
14 Weed Control: Telling Good Guys from Bad 205
15 The Nuts and Bolts of Plants and Soils 220
16 Fertilizer: What It Is, Is Not, and Might Be 245
17 Three-Dog Nights 277
18 Lagniappe 297
Appendix A Calendar 317
Appendix B How to Make Potting Mixes 339
Suggested Reading 341
Index 345
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