Southern Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles - Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma & Tennessee

Southern Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles - Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma & Tennessee

by Katie Elzer-Peters


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591865650
Publisher: Cool Springs Press
Publication date: 10/12/2013
Series: Fruit & Vegetable Gardening Guides Series
Edition description: First
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 466,170
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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

Acknowledgments 6

Preface 7

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

Resources 242

Glossary 244

Index 251

Meet Katie Elzer-Peters 256

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