Texas Gardening the Natural Way: The Complete Handbook

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Compost your old "complete" gardening guide. There's a new way of gardening in Texas that's healthier for people and the environment, more effective at growing vigorous plants and reducing pests, cheaper to maintain, and just more fun. It's Howard Garrett's "The Natural Way" organic gardening program, and it's all here in Texas Gardening the Natural Way.

This book is the first complete, state-of-the-art organic gardening handbook for Texas. Using Howard Garrett's new mainstream ...

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Overview

Compost your old "complete" gardening guide. There's a new way of gardening in Texas that's healthier for people and the environment, more effective at growing vigorous plants and reducing pests, cheaper to maintain, and just more fun. It's Howard Garrett's "The Natural Way" organic gardening program, and it's all here in Texas Gardening the Natural Way.

This book is the first complete, state-of-the-art organic gardening handbook for Texas. Using Howard Garrett's new mainstream gardening techniques, Texas Gardening the Natural Way presents a total gardening program:

  • How to plan, plant, and maintain beautiful landscapes without using chemical fertilizers and toxic pesticides.
  • Gardening fundamentals: soils, landscape design, planting techniques, and maintenance practices.
  • Includes more native and adaptable varieties of garden and landscape plants than any other guide on the market.
  • Trees: 134 species of evergreens, berry- and fruit-bearing, flowering, yellow fall color, orange fall color, and red fall color.
  • Shrubs and specialty plants: 85 species for sun, shade, spring flowering, summer flowering, and treeform shrubs.
  • Ground covers and vines: 51 species for sun and shade.
  • Annuals and perennials: 136 species for fall color, winter color, summer color in shade and sun, and spring color. Also seeding rates for wildflowers.
  • Lawn grasses: 10 species for sun and shade, with additional information on 16 native grasses, seeding rates for 32 grasses, and suggested mowing heights.
  • Fruits, nuts, and vegetables: 58 species, with a vegetable planting chart and information on organic pecan and fruit tree growing, fruit varieties for Texas, grape and pecan varieties, and gardening by the moon.
  • Common green manure crops: 29 crops that help enrich the soil.
  • Herbs: 66 species for culinary and medicinal uses.
  • Bugs: 73 types of helpful and harmful bugs, with organic remedies for pests, lists of beneficial bugs and plants that attract them, a beneficial bug release schedule, and sources for beneficial bugs.
  • Plant diseases: organic treatments for 55 common problems.
  • Organic methods for repelling mice, rabbits, armadillos, beavers, cats, squirrels, and deer.
  • Organic management practices: watering, fertilizing, controlling weeds, releasing beneficial insects, biological controls (including bats and purple martins), and recipes for Garrett Juice, fire ant control drench, vinegar herbicide, Sick Tree Treatment, and Tree Trunk Goop.
  • Average first and last freeze dates for locations around the state.
  • Organic fertilizers and soil amendments: 61 varieties, including full instructions for making compost.
  • Organic pest control products: 30 varieties.
  • Common house plants and poisonous plants.
  • Instructions for climbing vegetable structures and bat houses.
  • 833 gorgeous full-color photographs.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292705425
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 382
  • Sales rank: 690,371
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 1.51 (d)

Meet the Author

HOWARD GARRETT is a landscape architect, certified arborist, horticulturist, and organic practitioner in Dallas, Texas. He promotes his organic gardening program, The Natural Way, through his WBAP radio and Channel 8 TV shows, weekly column in the Dallas Morning News, monthly Dirt Doctor’s Dirt magazine, The Organic Manual: Natural Gardening for the 21st Century, and regional and national speaking engagements. His previous UT Press books are Howard Garrett’s Plants for Texas, Dear Dirt Doctor: Questions Answered the Natural Way, Herbs for Texas (with Odena Brannan), Texas Bug Book: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (with C. Malcolm Beck), and Plants of the Metroplex: Newly Revised Edition.
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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1. TEXAS GARDENING FUNDAMENTALS
Advantages of Organic Gardening
Practical Landscape Design
Planting Techniques
Basic Organic Program
Synthetic versus Natural Fertilizers
Differences between Toxic Chemical and Organic Approaches

CHAPTER 2. TREES
Tree Planting--the Natural Way
Management of Trees
Easy Reference for Trees
The Trees
Worst Trees for Texas

CHAPTER 3. SHRUBS AND SPECIALTY PLANTS
Bed Prep
Easy Reference for Shrubs
The Plants

CHAPTER 4. GROUND COVERS AND VINES
Bed Prep
Easy Reference for Ground Covers and Vines
The Plants

CHAPTER 5. ANNUALS AND PERENNIALS
Bed Prep
Planting
Maintenance
Easy Reference for Annuals and Perennials
The Plants
Seeding Rates for Wildflowers

CHAPTER 6. TEXAS LAWNS
Bed Prep and Planting Techniques for Grasses
Maintenance of Grasses
Suggested Mowing Heights
Easy Reference for Grasses
Turf Grasses, Weeds, and So-Called Weeds
Texas Cover Crops
So-Called Weeds
Texas Native Grasses
Seeding Rates for Grasses

CHAPTER 7. FRUITS, NUTS, AND VEGETABLES
The Plants
Organic Pecan and Fruit Tree Program
Fruit Varieties for Texas
Grape and Pecan Varieties for Texas
How to Prune Fruits and Nuts
Structures for Climbing Vegetable Plants
Common Green Manure Crops
Vegetable Planting Chart

CHAPTER 8. HERBS
Bed Prep, Planting, Maintenance
The Plants

CHAPTER 9. PEST MANAGEMENT
Insects
The Bugs
Beneficial Insects: Habitats and Benefits
Plants That Attract Beneficial Insects
Beneficial Insect Release Schedule
Sources of Beneficial Bugs
Diseases and Other Ailments
Other Beasts in the Garden

CHAPTER 10. APPENDIX
Formulas
Gardening by the Moon
Average First Freeze Dates--Fall
Average Last Freeze Dates--Spring
Organic Fertilizers and Soil Amendments
Pest Control Products
House Plants
Poisonous Plants

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    The best gardening book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This has to be one of the best gardening book for Texans. It has has helped me greatly in deciding what I will plant and not plant in my yard. I also know which trees I will take out of my yard that have been planted in the past. I love Mr. Garrett's sence of humor concering how to remove nut grass from your yard. Good book.

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