Organic_Methods_for_Vegetable_Gardening_in_Florida_CMYKOrganic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida

By Ginny Stibolt and Melissa Contreras

Pubdate: 3/12/13

The farm-to-table movement has gained incredible traction over the last several years as people demand fresher, safer food. At the same time, many of us are actively seeking cost-effective ways to combat rising food costs. What better way to address both concerns than to start your own vegetable garden? This guide, full of vibrant color photos and how-to diagrams, will teach you cultivation techniques without the use of harmful, synthetic chemicals. It’s great for those who are just testing green thumbs with a raised backyard bed as well as experienced gardeners who are looking for ways to improve established plots.

In an interview with Edible South Florida, co-author Melissa Contreras cites “Economics, food safety, freshness, provenance and the pure joy of putting a seed in the ground and watching it grow into a gorgeous plant to harvest for your table” as reasons that increasing numbers of people are starting their own gardens, especially to grow produce items like vegetables.

For a slew of additional tips and resources, visit co-author Ginny Stibolt’s blog: Green Gardening Matters, which will give you just a taste of the invaluable information she’s helped collect in this new book. Sustainable Gardening for Florida is another beloved guide by Stibolt, also available from UPF.

When growing carrots, be sure your soil is lump-free, because when a carrot root comes to a lump in the soil, it forks or bends.
When growing carrots, be sure your soil is lump-free, because when a carrot root comes to a lump in the soil, it forks or bends.
Front yard garden in Sarasota. Placing bricks under the pots promotes good drainage.
Front yard garden in Sarasota. Placing bricks under the pots promotes good drainage.
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