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If you’re interested in growing your own fruits and vegetables, you’ve joined the ranks of a blossoming group of DIY gardeners who place a premium on the idea of self-reliance. But like any other kind of gardening, growing edibles is not a one-size-fits-all pursuit: in order to be successful, you’ll need to know not only which plants grow well in your state or region, but also how to grow them with careful methods and a schedule that caters specifically to your local microclimate. Fortunately for you, Southern Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is written exclusively for gardeners who want to grow edibles in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, or Tennessee. Author Katie Elzer-Peters, the master gardener responsible for our bestselling Beginner’s Illustrated Guide to Gardening (2012), equips you with all the information you need to design your edible garden, tend the soil, maintain your plants throughout their life cycles, and—most importantly—harvest the delicious foods they produce. So whether you live in the Ozarks, in the Delta, on the Cumberland Plateau, or anywhere else in the Southern United States, you’ll discover the best fruit and vegetable plants for your garden in this beautiful step-by-step how-to guide . . . and they’ll be on your table before you know it.
About the Author
Katie Elzer-Peters is a horticulturist who writes gardening books, blogs, and articles. A resident of Wilmington, North Carolina, she also teaches classes and runs workshops dedicated to gardening and garden writing. She has a master of science in public garden management and has published several renowned books with Cool Springs Press.
Table of Contents
Part I Growing Edibles in the South 8
Chapter 1 Gardening in the South 16
Chapter 2 Seasonal Gardening 20
Chapter 3 Planning Your Garden 26
Chapter 4 Building Great Soil 32
Chapter 5 Planting Your Garden 40
Chapter 6 Growing Your Garden 50
Garden Maintenance Activities 56
Part II Fruit & Vegetable Profiles 70
Chapter 7 Fruit & Nut Gardening 74
Growing Citrus in the South 106
Fruit Shrubs & Brambles 110
Vining & Garden Fruits 122
Chapter 8 Vegetable & Herb Gardening 132
Cool-Season Gardening Tips & Tricks 135
Cool-Season Vegetables 138
Cool-Season Herbs 178
Warm-Season Gardening Tips & Tricks 188
Warm-Season Vegetables 192
Warm-Season Herbs 220
Meet Katie Elzer-Peters 256