Series: Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series (Book 45)
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press (October 12, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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I lived in the St. Louis, MO area for over 40 years and I was pretty successful in growing small vegetable gardens. I understood the seasons and what would grow and what wouldn't grow in that part of the mid-west. I moved to San Antonio about 7 years and everything that I knew about growing herbs and vegetables was thrown on it's ear. It is a whole different ballgame now that I live in South-Central Texas and what I used to know doesn't apply anymore. This book came to the rescue.Although the book covers both food crops and ornamentals it is contains enough information to help you to be successful in both or either endeavor. One of the facts that surprised me was that Central Texas gardeners can grow something eatable in their plots all year around. It may not be tomatoes or melons but it seldom gets cold enough to kill root vegetables like garlic, radishes and a few others. I also had to get used to some of weird bugs and diseases that plague this area. This book gave me the information that I needed to be successful in this hot, humid, waterless climate. The book is full of charts, graphs and photos that flesh out it's very useful and helpful information. As far as I am concerned, this is the go-to book for the Central Texas gardener.
I am relatively new to Central Texas gardening and thought this book would be helpful to get things going and it will be, sort of. It has more information relative to my area than most gardening books I have found but still not enough. I am looking for something that has some sort of spreadsheet with what varieties can be grown in my county and at what time they should be planted and if they should be started from seed directly in the garden or transplanted. I have just ordered another book and have higher hopes for it. All in all not a bad book, easy to read and understand, gives listings of potentially helpful websites but just not what I needed. I don't want information on landscape, I am actually anti-landscape; I want information on edible ornamental, front yard victory gardens and functional as well as practical flora and fauna for my area, am I asking too much?
This book is a treasure for gardeners in Central Texas. Terrific photographs of so many plants suited for the area. The book contains a wealth of information on most of the challenges and rewards of gardening in Central Texas.
This book has a lot of color photos that are quite useful in identifying plants. Regarding substance, I do not think it is as useful as Howard Garret's gardening books.
Perfect descriptions of all plants and shrubs and trees. We need to conserve water here in north Texas.
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