Since it was first published in 1929, “A Garden Book for Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast has been the authoritative go-to book on gardening for Houstonians and Texas Gulf Coast residents. This 5th edition has been entirely updated, expanded, and colorfully redesigned with a new emphasis on organic gardening and using native plants. This latest edition reaffirms River Oaks Garden Club’s commitment to preserving the environment, promoting sustainability, and planting with a purpose.
What I learned from A Garden Book for Houston is that gardening is complicated and takes a high level of knowledge and experience. The book is probably fantastic for the avid Houston gardener who wants to take their green thumb prowess to the next level. But for an inept gardener like me, it was like reading nuclear physics. I tend to kill any plant I touch and reading the book has confirmed that growing a begonia is as complicated as flying the space shuttle (all but one I planted a month ago died and the remaining survivor looks sickly). I retired last year and thought I would take up gardening has a hobby but the book has me thoroughly intimidated.
This is a review of the iPad Kindle Edition only, which is definitely not ready for prime time. There is no tapable table of contents and only the built-in navigational aids which are not up to the task. The only solution is to create your own bookmarks which takes forever, but is mandatory if you want to navigate to chapters and plant lists. Nothing within the book has hyperlinks. Also, for some reason, the Kindle book has scanned images of the actual pages with relatively poor resolution followed by the text of the page in a very readable but not always properly formatted version; this concept continues throughout the book. The content of the book is excellent, but only accessible in the print edition.
This book is amazing. It’s been incredibly useful. I particularly liked the charts of plants that will do well in the area. There are also calendars for when to plant and harvest vegetables. I’ve been really impressed with the book, and it’s already helped our garden and steered me away from some bad choices. I was really happy to see some less commonly grown plants represented (like lychees and grumichamas in the fruit section – so excited they’ll grow here!).
This book (and prior versions) has been my guiding light, since moving to the Houston area twenty years ago. The chapter with monthly charts containing info on what blooms, what to plant, color choices and garden tasks for each month, is helpful in planning an all year display. It makes a great gift for those new to the area or young marrieds. Arrived individually shrink-wrapped and well packed. Thanks!
This good has a lot of pictures, detail information in charts, and also have sections about shade garden, tropical garden, etc.It’s a book full of plant information like plant name, size, sun/shade, bloom and growth information. If you need a book to teach you how to plant a plant, this is not for you.
- Gardening is basically about growing and it doesn’t matter if you’re trying to grow a tree or a head of lettuce. You’re still a gardener if you’re growing plant life. If you garden at all and want some tips on how you can do it organically, make sure you read the article below and use these gardening tips.
Try using aspirin water for fighting plant diseases. Dissolve one aspirin and a half for 2 gallons of water. Help your plants to fight disease by spraying them with the aspirin water. Try spraying your plants with this around every three weeks.
Establish a precise schedule to know when you should plant your seeds. Even if you are growing your plants indoors, you should follow a schedule that matches the season and outside temperature. Spend some time on your schedule at the beginning of a season and you should be able to improve it the next year.
Use a nicely finished compost pile as fertilizer for your garden. Organic means that you don’t use artificial fertilizers or herbicides to grow your plants, yet sometimes the soil isn’t necessarily full of the proper nutrients for growth. Utilizing a compost pile can provide you with a rich, dark earthy soil that can provide your plants with plenty of nutrients.
Procrastination leads to problems in a variety of areas, including organic gardening. Even doing just a few small things each day can keep chores from piling up and eventually becoming unmanageable. This will save you a lot of time in the long run. If you’re outside with your pet, try to remove weeds when your pet is doing his business.
When growing your own organic plants, you should move your seedlings away from any air vents or radiators immediately upon germination. This is because your seedlings do not need to be really warm like germinating seeds do. They need to be cooler in order for them to grow in the best way.
In order to offer your organic gardening the most success, mulch it with 3 inches of organic material. By mulching your organic garden you will conserve water, add nutrients to the soil and stop weeds from growing. As an added bonus, mulching also gives your organic garden a bit of beauty.
Plant slightly more than you will need. Pests and poor weather can diminish yields from your garden, especially if you are new to organic gardening. To account for this possibility, plant a little more than what you will need. However, don’t go overboard, if it is successful, you could have more vegetables than you could possibly use.
Try using ladybugs rather than pesticides to protect your plants from insects. You can order large quantities of ladybugs from gardening supply stores for very little money. If you release them near your garden, they will eat pests such as aphids, leaf hoppers, mites and other soft bodied insects, helping to protect your plants from these unwanted critters in the process.
Use rainwater for your organic garden. Water can be collected in barrels when rain fall is at high levels, and then used on your garden during drought periods. This will help to conserve water and provide your plants with all the hydration they need. Most rain barrels have a spicket so you can attach your soaker hose directly to the barrel.
It’s always good if you can have some tips to assist you in whatever you’re trying to do. But you do not want to use just any tips. Make sure you use these organic-specific gardening tips instead of just garden-based tips. Organic is its own special genre and you’ll need information like what you’ve read above to grow organically.