Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, 2nd Edition

Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles for Texas Gardens

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In this updated 2nd edition of Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, you'll find much-needed advice and practical tips on growing an edible garden, no matter which part of The Lone Star State you call home.

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. That's why this region-specific garden guide is a must-have for every Texas gardener!

Seasoned horticulturist, conservationist, garden writer, and seventh-generation Texan Greg Grant simplifies the ins and outs of Texas gardening and serves as your guide to success. Regardless of whether you're tending an in-ground plot, a small container garden, or a series of raised beds,Texas Fruits & Vegetable Gardening is an invaluable resource. From soil preparation and starting seeds to fertilizer tips and techniques for safely managing Texas's most troublesome vegetable garden pests, you'll find all the answers you're looking for.

Inside, you'll find detailed profiles of over 60 edible plants that thrive in Texas's distinctive growing conditions, including favorites like cantaloupe, tomatoes, collards, summer squash, okra, and pomegranates. In addition to vegetables and fruits, also featured are popular herbs and even edible nuts. Helpful charts and planting graphs keep you on track, while the garden maintenance tips found throughout ensure a lush, productive, and high-yielding garden.

Regardless of whether you're a first-time grower or an experienced Master Gardener, the modern varieties and well-researched gardening information found here will have you going from seed to harvest with confidence and know-how.

Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is part of the regional Fruit & Vegetable Gardening series from Cool Springs Press. Other books in the series include CaliforniaFruit & Vegetable Gardening, Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, Carolinas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, and many others.
In this updated 2nd edition of Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, you'll find much-needed advice and practical tips on growing an edible garden, no matter which part of The Lone Star State you...

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Lots of great information in this book. I will definitely use this for myself and am glad that I was able to read this before beginning my garden for the year.

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I live in Central Texas and we have 100 degree weather in the summer, and it snowed twice this winter. Fortunately we are blessed with good soil and there is plenty of produce and beef grown in this area. I actually work for Texas A&M Agrilife while the author works at one of Agrilife's County Extension Office. Agrilife provides a lot of educational programs on gardening and this book is a good example of the quality of work done there.

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This is a very detailed book designed for TX gardeners and it goes into good detail about how to grow things in the different regions of the state. There are lots of colorful stock photos. It does tend towards the more old-fashioned (20th century), conventional gardening advice as opposed to more regenerative and sustainable methods. Good information and a range of plants covered.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.

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Perfect handbook referencing when, where and how to plant native vegetables, herbs, fruits and several nut trees. Great tips on fertilizing, composting and soils.

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Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, 2nd Edition: Plant, grow, and harvest the best edibles for Texas gardens by Greg Grant
Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group – Cool Springs Press
Genre: Home & Garden
Release Date: April 20, 2021

Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, 2nd Edition: Plant, grow, and harvest the best edibles for Texas gardens by Greg Grant is a great resource for someone (like me!) who is looking to grow a garden in Texas!

There is lot of useful information and I found this very helpful! I think this will really come in handy when I start my garden!

I definitely recommend reading this if you are looking to grow a garden in Texas. I'm sure you'll find something to help you!

I'm so grateful to Greg Grant, Quarto Publishing Group – Cool Springs Press, and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this ARC ebook in exchange for my honest review.

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Texas Fruit Vegetable Gardening is the second edition of a classic gardening manual by Greg Grant. Originally published in 2012, this updated edition is due out 13th April 2021 from Quarto on their Cool Springs Press imprint. It's 240 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats.

This is an eminently practical book. The author's down to earth writing style comes through on every page. Here's a quote:

“Gardening in Texas isn’t really that tough once you learn to play by the rules. It’s all about knowing what to grow and when to grow it.”

I liked the book's layout and graphic style. The chapters are arranged logically and information is easy to find quickly. The chapter on gardening basics (a surprisingly good general chapter containing information which is relevant to gardeners everywhere on siting, planning, preparing, planting, maintaining, harvesting, and troubleshooting) is followed by specific information for Texas gardeners regarding specific vegetables & herbs, fruits, and nuts (peanuts). The final chapter collates the information and adds tips and tricks for improving soil, adjusting pH, harvest storage, annual and perennial herbs, and a good plug for the ag extension services.

The photography throughout is detailed, plentiful, and clear. The information is presented thoroughly and very accessibly. This is a very good book for gardeners in the whole of Texas split up by region and climate.

I didn't have the first edition for comparison, so I can't review the differences, but this is a comprehensive and well written manual for Texas gardeners with broad general applications to gardeners in the entire Southeast USA. The author has also included an abbreviated glossary, short bibliography, seed/plant resource list, and a good cross-referenced index. One of the best features for me personally was the inclusion of a chapter with a number of the author's family recipes. These will be instantly recognizable to readers who have spent any amount of time in the Southeast USA. It's full of comfort food (including a recipe for Sunday dinner cornbread with cheddar, onion, corn kernels, and chopped bell peppers which I remember fondly from my own childhood).

Five stars. Heartily recommended as a good acquisition for public or school library, home gardener, gardening groups, and schools.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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