"Plant, grow, and eat the best edibles for the Texas garden"--Cover.
This book shows you how to have healthy soil and recommends environmentally safe products and even some homemade remedies to control pests and diseases in your garden. It describes more than 100 food plants and gives specific information on the growth habits, culture, harvest, and storage of each.
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.
Intermediate to advanced home gardeners who are interested in learning how to be even more successful in their Southwest garden need this book on their bookshelves! This handbook offers information about how to select plants best-suited for arid Southwest environments (states which include Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah). It's a comprehensive, highly visual resource for gardeners that's rich with planting advice, including specific plant recommendations and critical when-to and how-to pointers necessary for successful home landscaping and gardening. Southwest Gardener's Handbook addresses everything from plant selections to accurate planting timelines and gardening maintenance information. Planting and growing information for edibles is also included with plant selections for the most common plant categories (annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs, and succulents). Another special differentiating component of this book includes the firsthand advice of a local gardener in the region (Utah). Featuring nearly 300 full-color photos of the best plant selections for the dry Southwest region to aid in plant selection, plus an introduction for each plant group and a monthly tips section, this book is a comprehensive resource--a must-have for avid gardeners. You'll find recommended plants, garden how-tos, what-tos, and when-to information for planting, pruning, proper watering, lawn care, and much more. Don't start planting in the Southwest without it!
#4 on Publishers Weekly's Bestselling Gardening Books list! This new, completely revised edition has over 500 new photographs, 400 new illustrations, 400 new plants and trees, the latest pest control recommendations, fruit and vegetable recommendations, new tips and plants specifically for Southern Texas, plus everything in the first edition.
DIVMaster the art of edible gardening in the beautiful southwestern United States./divDIV /divDIVSouthwest Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is written exclusively for gardeners who want to grow edibles in Arizona, New Mexico, or Nevada. Co-authors Katie Elzer-Peters and Jacqueline Soule share their bountiful knowledge of edibles in general and the Southwest region in particular, equipping 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 Tucson suburbs, the New Mexico Bootheel, the Mojave Desert, or anywhere else in the southwestern tri-state area, 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./div
One of America's biggest and most diverse landscapes begins in your yard. There's no way around it: Texas is huge. The state dials in at well over 250,000 square miles, housing most of the United States' power grid, arguably all of its delicious food, and almost every kind of environment imaginable: formidable mountains, rolling hills, flat plains, and coastline. If you're a home gardener, knowing what to do when can be overwhelming--that's where Texas Month-by-Month Gardening, the companion book to our Texas Getting Started Garden Guide, comes to the rescue. Inside, Houston horticulturist Robert "Skip" Richter makes it easy with a in-depth month-by-month breakdown of what to plant, when to plant, and how to take care of it in order to have a beautiful Texas garden all year round. During each month, you'll learn to plan, plant, care for, water, fertilize, and troubleshoot in-season annuals, bulbs, lawns, natives, perennials, roses, shrubs, trees, vines, and groundcovers. As with all of our renowned gardening books, you're treated to gorgeous full-color "here's how" and plant photography and USDA zone maps. Plus, you'll get a detailed introduction to gardening specifically in the Lone Star State. So have no fear: from the red buckeyes in Dallas to Sunshine roses in Abilene, you'll have the best little garden in the biggest state around. For our full introduction to gardening in Texas, we also recommend companion books Texas Getting Started Garden Guide and Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening.
Think of Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac as a giant monthly calendar for the entire state—a practical, information-packed, month-by-month guide for gardeners and “yardeners.” This book provides everything you need to know about flowers and garden design; trees, shrubs, and vines; lawns; vegetable, herb, and fruit gardening; and soil, mulch, water, pests, and plant care. It will help you to create beautiful, productive, healthy gardens and have fun doing it. Writer, educator, and broadcaster Doug Welsh gives a wealth of practical gardening advice in this book. Encouraging us to “think like a plant,” Welsh holds pruning school in February, conducts a lawn clinic in April, builds a perennial garden in September, and shows us how to grow fresh vegetables for Thanksgiving. Yet this barely scratches the surface of all that is offered in this comprehensive, fun-to-use guide. With colorful and instructive illustrations and helpful information boxes, plant lists, charts, sidebars, and tips, the book is written in the engaging, conversational style that anyone who has listened to Welsh’s radio show will recognize. Whether your passion is roses or green beans, wildflowers or trees, reading this book is like having a personal garden consultant and friend at your side. Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac will inspire you throughout the year and make you more eager than ever to get out into your garden.
"This book is sure to be a modern classic and is one of the most important books on gardening in the current century." —Jere Gettle, founder, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Heirloom Vegetable Gardening has always been a book for gardeners and cooks interested in unique flavors, colors, and history in their produce. This updated edition has been improved throughout with growing zones, advice, and new plant entries. Line art has been replaced with lush, full-color photography. Yet at the core, this book delivers on the same promise it made two decades ago: It’s a comprehensive guide based on meticulous first-person research to these 300+ plants, making it a book to come back to season after season.
This step-by-step guide to safe and inexpensive food production is organized and provided for the purpose of allowing each inexperienced reader to effectively and successfully take control of his or her basic food supply. In securing this food supply they provide themselves with freedom from fear of having food available due to financial stress, concern for food safety, and protection from those that would hoard under unexpected circumstances. This is your safety net. "The prudent see danger and take refuge from it, but the simple keep going and suffer for it" Proverbs 27: 12. It is essential in providing security for our families that a safe and readily available source of food, which has no chance of being contaminated, abused, damaged, overpriced, or hoarded, is present at your finger tips. There will be many choices to make as you filter and digest the information present in this guide. Choices will include organic versus conventional versus a hybrid of the two production systems, where to plant, what to plant, what to store, freezing versus canning, different types of storage methods, seed sources, with or without irrigation, and so on. There will not be a wrong or right decision related to the choices listed here, but management and execution of the choices is what will let you succeed or fail. The underlying goals, mentioned above, are to provide each reader with crash course in food production, a sense of the importance of food security for their families and our society, and the understanding of exactly how to achieve that food production. Our educational systems at the primary, secondary, and collegiate level, with the direction of our 'almighty government', have failed us miserably in that our populace is uneducated in providing the most basic necessity, food, which has provided every society, throughout history, the ability to sustain itself. The sole purpose of these aforementioned institutions is for the education of our public. Our leadership, over the last 84 years, has chosen that it is more important to know how to act in theater, participate in sports, speak eloquently, sound educated, and understand topics that have for 6,000 years of available human history had no relevance in life and survival of our societies. It creates the ultimate of a dependant society. He who controls the food controls life itself. Have we forgotten our history books and become so self-centered, incompetent, and complacent that we think we have the right to food on the grocery store shelf or in the cabinet? The material covered in this document should be required mastery in each education level.
Shows you how to use our native plants, soil, and growing conditions to produce organically healthy gardens, lawns, and landscapes without harmful chemicals.
Texas Gardener’s Handbook is filled with need-to-know information from popular Texas gardening experts. Each includes his or her collective wisdom in a complete guide for Texas gardeners. In addition to hundreds of proven plants, this resource has monthly to-do calendars for each of more than ten plant categories, from annuals to vines. Full-color photos and expert advice assist gardeners with the proper care and timing for everything from planting to watering. Information on gardening with less water addresses the challenges of gardening in Texas.
Wenn Sie nicht nur Ihrem grünen Daumen vertrauen wollen Haben Sie ein Stück Erde, das Sie in einen Garten verwandeln möchten, aber außer der Freude an erdverschmierten Händen, sattem Grün und Farbenpracht noch recht wenig Ahnung von Gartenarbeit? Dann ist Gärtnern für Dummies das richtige Buch für Sie! Hier erhalten Sie konkrete Hilfestellung bei der Planung Ihres Gartens und der Wahl der für Sie und Ihr Stück Land passenden Pflanzen. Lernen Sie, wie Sie aus Bäumen, Büschen und Blumen ein harmonisches Ganzes schaffen und mit einjährigen und mehrjährigen Pflanzen Ihren Garten zum Blühen bringen. Außerdem enthält das Buch viele nützliche Tipps zum richtigen Gartengerät, zur Hege und Pflege der Pflanzen, zur Schädlingsbekämpfung und zum Kompostieren.
Ratgeber mit Anregungen für Eltern, um gemeinsam mit ihren Kindern die Welt des Gartens, der Pflanzen und der Tiere zu entdecken. Mehr als 30 Garten-Projekte hat die als Sängerin bekannte Autorin zusammengestellt und mit vielen Fotos illustriert.
An illustrated guide to growing plentiful fruits and vegetables in the driest of American climates.
Howard Garrett uses his years of experience as an organic gardening expert to give you clear-cut, step-by-step instructions for growing flowers, trees, shrubs, herbs, fruits, vegetables, and grasses the natural way. Discover how easy it is to grow healthy, beautiful plants without the risk to your family, pets, and the environment.
When is "full sun" not full sun? When you're trying to grow vegetables in Texas. Because a full day of sun here can stress all but the toughest plants. For the rest, "full sun" in Texas means 6 to 8 hours mostly in the morning, and shade in the afternoon. Gardening in Texas has unique challenges, but that doesn't mean you can't grow vegetables here. You just need to know what kind, when, and where. Enter Easy Gardening for Texas, which offers basic information on how to reap a bountiful harvest in the Lone Star State. The book explains the fundamentals of planning, planting, watering, and dealing with pests in the garden. It lists the varieties that grow best in Texas and gives tips for growing, harvesting, and storing them. Included are 224 pages, 351 photos, and information on more than 30 types of vegetables.

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