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Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast

By Kjeld Petersen | April 21, 2017
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There are three or four books that every southern gardener should have and the Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast has to be one of them. The book is written by Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange where she is a garden director and crop variety selector. Her experience is distilled into this neat volume from Timber Press who publishes many other great gardening books for other areas as well as for horticulture (that's flower gardening y'all).

After the usual but very valuable 'new gardener' sections, Wallace dives into the blood-sport that is southern gardening. Each month of the year is a chapter so a garden can conceivably start from this book any time of year. Within each month's chapter there are sowing and planting guides, what to be harvesting, how to handle bugs and critters, and a whole host of other useful information crammed in. Vegetable reference information and sources round out the text efficiently, making this a tight read that you never really have to read more than a chapter of at a time. Wallace is a wiz with what to plant breaking them into what to plant from seed and what to transplant (making easy work of buying plants at the farmers' market and being succesfull with them).

There is not a bit of nonsense or "buy-this, buy-that" chicanery found in many other 'garden' guides and magazines. If the book is used in conjunction with the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange information (and others like those found in our Best Seed Catalogs of 2017 article) you will be able to have ripe tomatoes by the Fourth of July, grow squash that doesn't have bugs, and in general, not look like such a fool in the garden.

We rely on it and have ever since it came out (it's the essence of our Seasonal Gardening Guides) and no you may not borrow our copy.

The book is published by the Timber Press and is available everywhere including online but really, go to a damn store and buy it, ok?

 

Article from Edible Memphis at http://ediblememphis.ediblecommunities.com/things-do/vegetable-gardening-southeast
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