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Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening (Fruit & Vegetable Gardening Guides)by Greg Grant
Synopses & Reviews
There’s no substitute for the fresh, homegrown taste of fruits and vegetables harvested from a Texas garden.
Whether you garden in the southern, central, or northern part of the state, east or west, Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening has the answers to your how-to-grow questions.
This easy-to-follow guide features:
Planting, care, and harvesting information for more than 60 edibles
Popular vegetable selections from arugula to tomatoes
A variety of common and unusual fruits and herbs
Advice on garden planning, creating the perfect soil, watering, and more
Growing in Texas isn’t easy. It’s either too hot, too cold, too wet, or too dry. The state ranges from a cold winter climate in the north to an almost tropical one in the south. And it goes from very alkaline limestone soils in the Hill Country to extremely acidic soils in East Texas.
Seasoned horticulturist, conservationist, garden writer, and seventh-generation Texan Greg Grant simplifies the ins and outs of Texas gardening and encourages you to enjoy the satisfaction of growing your own food. No matter if you want to plant a large plot, just a container garden, or a tasty kitchen garden, you’ll be sure to find Texas Fruits & Vegetable Gardening an invaluable resource. It’s the next best thing to having a master gardener as your neighbor.
This book includes more than 60 fruits, vegetables and herbs suitable for the diverse growing conditions of Texas gardens. Texas Fruit and Vegetable Gardening addresses the climate, soil, sun, and water conditions that affect growing success. Each plant profile highlights planting, growing, watering, and care information. Helpful charts and graphs assist gardeners in knowing when to plant and harvest.
About the Author
Greg Grant is a horticulturist, conservationist, garden writer, and seventh generation Texan from Arcadia, Texas. He is co-author of the newly released Heirloom Gardening in the South-Yesterday’s Plants for Today’s Gardens (2011, Texas A&M Press), In Greg’s Garden-A Pineywoods Perspective on Gardening, Nature, and Family (2010, Kindle e-book), Home Landscaping-Texas (2004) and The Southern Heirloom Garden (1995). He also writes the popular “In Greg’s Garden” column for Texas Gardener magazine, and contributes regularly to Neil Sperry’s Gardens magazine. He serves as a part-time research associate for garden outreach at Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens in Nacogdoches, Texas.
He has degrees in floriculture and horticulture, both from Texas A&M University and has attended post-graduate classes at Louisiana State University, North Carolina State University, and Stephen F. Austin State University. He has past experience as a horticulturist with the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Mercer Arboretum, and San Antonio Botanical Gardens, and as an instructor at Stephen F. Austin and Louisiana State Universities. He has been an award-winning horticulturist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, a director of research and development at Lone Star Growers, and been part of the staff of Naconiche Gardens and The Antique Rose Emporium.
Greg has introduced a number of successful plants to the Texas nursery. He was presented the Superior Service Award by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service and the Lynn Lowery Memorial Award by the Native Plant Society of Texas for horticultural achievement in the field of Texas native plants.
He has traveled extensively to hundreds of botanical gardens throughout the United States and Europe and has given over 1000 entertaining lectures. He is a graduate of the Benz School of Floral Design, a member of the Garden Writers Association of America, and a lifetime member of the Native Plant Society of Texas, the Southern Garden History Society, the Texas Bluebird Society, and the Big Thicket Association. His garden, farm, and plant introductions have been featured in a number of magazines and newspapers including Texas Gardener, Texas Live, Woman’s Day, Farm and Ranch News, The Daily Sentinel, The Dallas Morning News, The San Antonio Express News, and The Houston Chronicle.
Greg lives in deep East Texas in his great-great grandparents’ restored old dogtrot farmhouse, where he tends terriers Rosie and Molly, a patch of sugar cane, a forest full of rare trilliums, and over 100 bluebird houses.
Table of Contents
Welcome to Gardening in Texas
How to Get Started
Starting at the Beginning with Seeds
Creating the Perfect Soil
Watering the Garden
Gardening with Children
Harvest & Storage
Vegetables & Herbs
Need More Help?
Common Organic Fertilizers
Last and First Freeze Dates
Recognizing Symptoms of Nutrient Deficiencies
Refrigeration Storage Time for Vegetable Seeds
Vegetable Storage Requirements
Adjusting Soil pH
Texas Agrifile Extension
My Family Recipes
Meet Greg Grant
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