June 17, 2009

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Zahara Scarlet, a zinnia, will be one of the more than 500 varieties of bedding plants featured this year at the 2009 Overton Horticultural Field Day, June 25.


Tiger Eye Gold rudbeckia will be another of the more than 500 varieties of bedding plants featured.


Though begun primarily to serve the bedding plant industry, the Overton Horticultural Field Day trial's thousands of square feet of plots planted with purple, pink, red and white flowers have become popular with regional gardeners as well as industry representatives.


Supertunia Raspberry Blast will be one of the many petunia varieties trials. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photos by Dr. Brent Pemberton)

Overton horticultural field day to include flowers and vegetables

By Robert Burns
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

For the first time in many years, the 2009 Overton Horticultural Field Day will include vegetable trials, not just flowers.

That's not to say there won't be plenty of flowers at the field day, set June 25 near Overton, said Dr. Brent Pemberton, Texas AgriLife Research horticulturist.

Each year, the field day features the East Texas bedding plant performance trials which Pemberton oversees.

Though begun primarily to serve the bedding plant industry, the trial's thousands of square feet of plots planted with purple, pink, red and white flowers have become popular with regional gardeners and industry representatives.

"We have close to 500 varieties this year, and that includes over 80 varieties in the container trials," said Pemberton, who began the field day in 1994 to serve nursery growers, greenhouse managers and gardening enthusiasts.

Dr. Karl Steddom, Texas AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist, will discuss the vegetable trials, which will include tests on controlling nematodes on tomatoes, powdery mildew on pumpkins and southern blight on tomatoes.

This year, there will be a continuing emphasis on vinca, including two new series that are resistant to aerial phytophthora, a serious landscape problem with this crop all across the South.

"The disease-resistant vinca are quite revolutionary for the industry," Pemberton said.

The new vinca are the Cora and Nirvana series. A large selection of colors from both series will be on display. These plants have been designated as Texas Superstar selections this year.

"In addition, there will be excellent displays of geranium, trailing petunias, verbena, lantana and lobelia," Pemberton said.

Steddom is testing two new commercial products to control nematodes on tomatoes. The tests are important to growers because all of the older, tried and proven products are up for re-registration by the EPA, he said.

"We've already lost one of the older products, and we'll likely lose the others within the year," he said. "I'll be testing one newer product that's already registered and another that should be registered soon."

Although it's not included in his trials, Steddom said he will discuss a biological control for nematodes on tomatoes.

"It's a fungus that you incorporate in the soil prior to planting and then reapply a couple of times through your drip irrigation system," he said. "I wouldn't recommend it to large commercial growers, but if you're an organic grower it's about the only option available to you besides growing resistant varieties."

Steddom will also be testing control of black spot on roses with fungicides.

"There will also be a rose-disease resistance trial displaying several new varieties grown with no spraying," Pemberton said.

The field day will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton's North Farm site. The tour will continue at the site until about 10:30 a.m., then move to the Overton Center's headquarters building, where a demonstration garden is located. Lunch will be served at about 11:30 a.m.

After lunch, the program will move inside with a presentation by Pemberton and Jimmy Turner of the Dallas Arboretum on the 2009 California Spring Showcase, also known as Pack Trials.

"We also coordinate trial results with the Dallas Arboretum," Pemberton said. "Over 5 million consumers in the northeast Texas region now have the opportunity to see how promising new plants from all over the world perform in our climate."

The program will conclude by 2:30 p.m.

Pemberton began trials of bedding plants at the Overton center to serve the commercial greenhouse and bedding plant industry. According to him, in recent years, the industry has had a $500 million annual economic impact on the region.

Before Pemberton began his trials, there were few if any tests under East Texas conditions of the many new varieties released by seed companies each year, he said.

Registration is free and includes lunch. The center is located 1 mile north of downtown Overton on State Highway 3053.

Coming from south of Overton, take State Highway 135 into town. At Overton's single red stop light, take a left, go across the railroad tracks and turn right immediately after the Brookshire's Supermarket.

The North Farm site is about 4 miles north of the center on Hwy. 3053. For an online map, go to http://overton.tamu.edu/flowers/fieldday.htm.



'Laura Bush.'


'Julia Child.'


'Disneyland.'


'Topsy Turvy.' (Photos courtesy of American Rose Society)

Floribunda roses are the best

Steve Jones, President
American Rose Society

The more I look at rose books and roses in the landscape, the more I see floribundas as the best all-around class of roses in so many styles and disciplines. Floribundas, which means “bloom freely,” come in all sizes, shapes, bloom types and colors.

Floribundas typically grow to 2-3 feet high and wide with blooms that measure 3-5 inches across. Some have one bloom per stem while others bloom in clusters of 20 or more. Some have the classic hybrid tea form, which is the form most people picture when they think of roses, but the majority has the decorative form, which is more open and doesn’t have the high pointed center. Like most rose classes, some are very fragrant while others are not.

When floribundas bloom, the plant is usually covered with blooms. Even when they are not in bloom, the plant is full of attractive green leaves. Also, because the plants are shorter, they do not have the naked bottom section that many other rosebushes have. This is why they are commonly used in forming hedges and beds of color.

Because of their size, floribundas are very versatile — they fit in all sizes of gardens and can also be grown in pots. Floribundas grown in a pot are great for a focal point of color, but it is in the landscape where they really shine. In Europe, most large rosebeds are floribundas. Popular landscape roses include 'Iceberg' and 'Simplicity.'

Floribunda rose trees are also a sight to behold. They perform very well on tree standards from 3 to 6 feet, and because they do not produce long canes, they are reasonably well-behaved.

Floribundas also perform well as climbing roses. One of the best climbing floribundas is 'Climbing Iceberg,' which grows to 12 feet or more.

Floribundas are proving to be a timeless class of roses — some of the most popular floribundas of today have been around for many years, including 'Iceberg' (1958), 'Angel Face' (1968), 'Margaret Merril' (1977), 'Spartan' (1955), 'Sunsprite' (1977), 'Simplicity' (1978), 'Europeana' (1968), 'Summer Snow' (1938), 'Playboy' (1976), 'Showbiz' (1983) and 'Betty Prior' (1935). Others commonly seen in catalogs and nurseries include 'Marina' (1974), 'Roman Holiday' (1966), 'Evelyn Fusion' (1962), 'Glad Tidings' (1988), 'Redglo' (1971), 'Apricot Nectar' (1965), 'Nicole' (1985), 'Lavaglut' (1978), 'Sexy Rexy' (1984), 'Eyepaint' (1975), 'Dicky' (1984), 'Eutin' (1946), 'Escapade' (1967), 'Sun Flare' (1981) and 'Playgirl' (1986).

The best selling floribunda in the world is 'Iceberg,' boasting vigorous growth, winter-hardiness, fair disease-resistance, great repeat bloom and a lovely fragrance. Odds are high that white roses seen planted near roadways or in landscapes are 'Iceberg.'

Personally, I use floribundas for borders, rosebeds and in pots. My favorite floribundas include the orange-red 'Evelyn Fison,' the red 'Glad Tidings,' the deep-pink 'Playgirl,' the candy-pink 'Chuckles,' the coral and cream 'Tiki,' the yellow 'Julia Child' and 'Katherine Loker' and the coppery 'Singin’ In The Rain.'


The compost heap
Upside-down tomatoes

"I am trying the upside down tomato-hanging basket theory this summer," writes Pam Moore, "and am seeing them either die or look spindly. I water daily (they dry out fast) and use Miracle Grow fertilizer. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!"

It is not the theory that is bad but the execution. Perhaps those itsy bitsy little soil bags we have seen on TV will work up north where the summers are cool and mild but they are just not feasible down here in Texas. It is not the upside down part that is the problem. In fact, there is no reason why you can't grow tomato plants upside down successfully just about anywhere. The problem is the container size and the soil amount is insufficient to produce top quality tomatoes. We recommend that you use at least a 15 to 20 gal container for tomatoes. Otherwise, the plants will dry out during a hot Texas day and cause the fruit to develop blossom end rot. You know, those misshapen, black-ended tomatoes that have to be tossed out. For top quality tomatoes, it is essential to maintain even soil moisture and that is virtually impossible to do once temps hit the 90s unless you use large containers. Even with the large containers, you have to monitor the soil moisture more intently than if the plants were growing in the garden. Applying a good mulch would also help.

If you want to try growing tomatoes in containers again, ignore the TV commercial and go down to you local nursery or garden center and purchase a couple of used tree pots (15 to 20 gal), some good garden soil and varieties suited to Texas.—Chris S. Corby, Publisher


 

Gardening tips

As your cantaloupe and watermelon crops begin to mature, cut back on water. Too much water during this growing phase will reduce the eating quality. Melons that develop during periods of heavy rainfall are usually tasteless. Spare the hose and sweeten the melon!

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Did You Know...

Zinc is one of the most important trace minerals and often one that is deficient, particularly in alkaline soils. Highly organic soil usually has sufficient zinc content. By adding compost and organic fertilizer to your soil, you will ensure that it contains adequate amounts of zinc.


Upcoming garden events

New Braunfels: Dr. Travis LaDuc, Assistant Curator for Herpetology, at the Texas Natural Science Center in Austin, will speak at the June meeting of the Linheimer chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, beginning at 7 p.m., June 18, at the Comal County AgriLife Center, Resource Drive, New Braunfels. Dr. LaDuc gained an interest in herpetology, and snakes in particular, in college and graduate training. His graduate study led to a masters from UT El Paso, and a Ph.D. from UT Austin. He has studied aspects of the rattlesnake predatory strike for his dissertation, using high-speed cameras to slow down and analyze components of the strike, and he currently works with the preserved collection of amphibians and reptiles at the Texas Natural History Collections, participating in a variety of educational outreach programs, and continuing his own research program.  His current research focuses on the biodiversity and natural history of Texas reptiles and amphibians, including spatial ecology, feeding behavior, and morphology. His presentation to the chapter will focus on the biology of rattlesnakes and the research he has conducted in this area. The public is welcome.

Quitman: The Friends of the Arboretum is hosting a photography contest to promote and document the natural resources, history and beauty of Wood County. Both amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to participate in this contest. Photographers are to submit electronic images of flowers, native plants, landmarks, architectural elements, and landscapes that depict one of the four seasons in Wood County. Images must have been taken within Wood County, and within the last two years. These photographs will be used by the Friends of the Arboretum various print and electronic media to be distributed at various venues and displayed on the Friends' website. First prize winners in each class will receive a professionally printed 11 X 14 canvas of their original work, which will be donated by jeb Originals in Winnsboro. Second and third place winners will each receive a ribbon. And, all prize winners will receive recognition from the display of their work in various venues and forums. Classes are: Adult Amateur, Adult Professional, Student Senior Division (Ages 17 to 14), and Student Jr. Division (age 13 and younger). There is no entry fee, but all entries must be accompanied by the completed official entry form, which can be downloaded at http://woodcountyarboretum.com. Entries must be received prior to midnight on July 1. Contestants may enter as many times as they wish, but a separate official entry form must be included for each entry. The Gov. Hogg Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, located in Quitman, is a 23-acre site dedicated to gardens, walking trails and the preservation of historic buildings. The development of the site is ongoing with volunteer help from Wood County Master Gardens, local garden clubs, various civic organizations and the generosity of the area businesses. The Friends of the Arboretum is a non-profit group dedicated to raising funds and volunteering time in support of the development of the Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. For additional information, contact Pam Riley at (903) 967-2820 or email friendsarboretum@yahoo.com.

Woodway: Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas AgriLife Extension Service Vegetable Specialist, will present "Getting Ready for Fall" (Vegetable Gardening Program), Wednesday, July 8, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd., Woodway. For more information, contact (254) 757-5180.

Georgetown: The Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will hold its annual brainstorming meeting from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., July 9, at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th St., Georgetown. Members and guests will share and discuss ideas for the coming year's programs. Refreshments will be served and guests are welcome. For more information, contact Billye Adams at (512) 863-9636 or visit http://www.npsot.org/WilliamsonCounty/default.htm.

Austin: The Travis County Master Gardeners Association will present "Becoming A Garden Detective: Diagnosing Plant Problems" from 10 a.m. until noon, July 11, at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. Just when you think you've done everything right by your plants, one of them starts to go downhill. One of the biggest challenges for gardeners is correctly diagnosing plant problems and finding effective, safe solutions. Is your plant dying because of an insect, environmental or disease problem? Join us to learn the causes of plant problems, the process for diagnosing plant problems, and preventive garden management techniques. This class is free and open to the public. A plant clinic will run during the seminar to help you diagnose current problems so please bring samples of problem plants. For more details, see http://www.tcmastergardeners.org or call the Travis County Master Gardener's help desk at (512) 854-9600.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardeners will present "Water Gardening," Noon- 1p.m., July 13, at the Pattie Dodson Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., Victoria. Pat Plowman will speak. Free to public. Bring sack lunch. For additional information, contact Victoria County Extension Office, (361) 575-4581.

Pearland: Dr. Carol Brouwer, Conuty Extension Agent for Horticulture, will present "Landscape Design" from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, at Bass pro Shops, Highway 288 at the Sam Houston Tollway, Perland. This free lection is hosted by the Harris County Master Gardener Association. For additional information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Austin: The Austin Pond Society will host the 2009 Pound Tour July 18 and 19. Approximately 15 ponds will be included in the tour on Saturday and another 15 on Sunday. For additional information, visit www.austinpondsociety.org.

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patrico Master Gardeners will host "Xeriscape Gardening with Native Plants," presented by Karen Ivey, Administrator, San Patricio Municipal Water District, as one of their Brown Bag events, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, at the Aransas County Library, 701 Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail ararsas-tx@tamu.edu or call (361) 790-0103.

Victoria: Victoria County Master Gardeners will present "Mulching, Composting and Water Conservation," Noon-1 p.m., August 10, at the Pattie Dodson Health Center, 2805 N. Navarro St., Victoria. Monica Pilat will speak. Free to public. Bring sack lunch. For additional information, contact Victoria County Extension Office, (361) 575-4581.

Schertz: The next Guadalupe County Master Gardener training class is for anyone with a love for gardening and a desire to learn more about horticulture. Classes are on Wednesday August 12 to December 9th from 6:15 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. and two Saturdays at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz. Instructors include Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialists, staff and local experts, including Malcolm Beck, Patty Leander and Drs. Larry Stein and Mark Black. Topics include botany and plant growth, entomology, Xeriscaping, propagation, herbs and vegetables, tree care and pruning principles, composting and organic horticulture, water conservation and much more. Registration is $170 with a 10% discount if received by June 10, and $125 for 2nd household member if sharing a handbook. Payment plan also available. For more information, an application and a list of speakers, please email gsammermann@gvec.net or call (830) 372-4690. Applications are also available on our Web site at www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

Woodway: Steven Chamblee, Chief Horticulturist at Chandor Gardens, Weatherford, will present "Texas Tough Plants" (Improving your Landscape), Wednesday, August 12, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Carleen Bright Arboretum, 9001 Bosque Blvd., Woodway. Topics include: Best choices for annuals & perennials, trees, groundcover, shrubs & bushes, roses and accent plants. This free event is sponsored by McLennan County Master Gardeners and McLennan County AgriLife Extension. For more information, contact (254) 757-5180.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Botanical Society is bringing David Rogers' Big Bugs to the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston at North New Braunfels Ave., this fall. The exhibit opens Labor Day weekend (September 5-7), and will remain on location through December 6.Featuring gargantuan sculptures of insects, the exhibit alters viewers' perceptions and magnifies the role of insects as nature's "hidden gardeners." Sculptures are constructed entirely from natural materials, complementing and blending with the existing landscape. Interactive programs for children and families, and integrated materials for educators, will be available at the Garden throughout the three-month exhibit. For more information, call (210) 207-3255, or visit www.sabot.org.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

Rockport: The Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners meets at 9 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the AgriLife Extension Office - Aransas County, 611 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail aransas-tx@tamu.edu or call (361) 790-0103.

Kilgore: Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners meets at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Wildwood Eco-Farm in Kilgore. For more information, call Carole Ramke at (903) 986-9475.

Allen: The Allen Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, February through December, at the Allen Heritage Center, 100 E. Main St., Allen. For more information, visit www.allengardenclub.org.

Austin: Austin Organic Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin. For more information, visit www.main.org/aog.

Pearland: The second Tuesday of each month the Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold a free evening educational program for the public, called the Green Thumb Series, at Bass Pro Shop, Highway 288 at Sam Houston Tollway, Pearland. For more information visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu or call (281) 991-8437.

Schertz: The Guadalupe County (Schertz/Seguin) Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Guadalupe County Annex, 1101 Elbel Road, Shertz. A plant exchange and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program at 7. For additional information or an application to join NPSOT, contact guadalupecounty@npsot.org.

Rockport: The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, meets the second Wednesday of each month, with the exceptions of June and July, to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs, including historical uses and tips for successful propagation and cultivation, meets at 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport at 10 a.m. Sometimes they take field trips and have cooking demonstrations in different locations. For more information, contact Linda (361) 729-6037, Ruth (361) 729-8923 or Cindy (979) 562-2153 or visit www.rockportherbs.com.

Brownwood: Brown County Master Gardeners Association meets the second Thursday of each month, from Noon to 1 p.m., at the Brown County AgriLife Extension Office, 605 Fisk, Brownwood. For additional information, call Freda Day (325) 643-1077, or Mary Engle (325) 784-8453.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Herb Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels (corner of Funston & N. New Braunfels). For more information on programs, visit www.sanantonioherbs.org.

College Station: The A&M Garden Club meets on the second Friday of each month during the school year at 9:30 a.m. at the Senior Circle Rooms, College Station Professional Building II, 1651 Rock Prairie Road, College Station. Expert speakers, plant sharing, and federated club projects help members learn about gardening in the Brazos Valley, floral design, conservation topics, and more. For more information, visit www.sallysfamilyplace.com/Clubs/GardenClub.htm.

Dallas: The Rainbow Garden Club of North Texas meets the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Meetings are held at member’s homes and garden centers around the area. For more information, visit www.RainbowGardenClub.com.

Cleburne: The Johnson County Master Gardener Association meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program each month preceding the business meeting. For information on topics call (817) 556-6370 or visit http://www.jcmga.org/.

Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through November and January through April at 10 a.m. at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land. The club hosts a different speaker each month. For more information, visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org.

Denton: The Denton Organic Society, a group devoted to sharing information and educating the public regarding organic principles, meets the third Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Avenue. Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are preceded by a social at 6:30. For more information, call (940) 382-8551.

Glen Rose: The Somervell County Master Gardeners meet at 10 a.m., the third Wednesday of each month at the Somervell County AgriLife Extension office, 1405 Texas Drive, Glen Rose. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call (254) 897-2809 or visit www.somervellmastergardener.org.

Granbury: The Lake Granbury Master Gardeners meet at 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Hood County Annex 1, 1410 West Pearl Street, Granbury. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program each month preceding the business meeting. For information on topics call (817) 579-3280 or visit http://www.hoodcountymastergardeners.org/.

Seabrook: The Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold an educational program at 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the Lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Houston: The Native Plant Society of Texas — Houston (NPSOT-H) meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except for October (4th Thursday) and December (2nd Thursday). Location varies. For locations, for more information on programs, and for information about native plants for Houston, visit http://www.npsot.org/Houston.

Rosenberg: The Fort Bend Master Gardeners meet at 7:15 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except December at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center located at 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg. For more information, call (281) 341-7068 or visit www.fbmg.com.

Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners meets the third Thursday of each month at the Texas AgriLife Extension Bldg. at 210 E. Live Oak at 7 p.m. For more information, phone (830) 379-1972 or visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

Longview: The Northeast Texas chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets the third Thursday of each month at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Longview. For more information, call Logan Damewood at (903) 295-1984.

Edna: The Jackson County Master Gardeners present their "Come Grown With Us" seminars on the fourth Tuesday of each month, January through October, beginning at 7 p.m. at 411 N. Wells, Edna. The seminars are free, open to the public and offer 2 CEU hours to Master Gardeners or others requiring them. For additional information, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at (361) 782-3312.

Fort Worth: The Organic Garden Club of Forth Worth meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month except July and December at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens main building. Refreshments are served. For more information, call (817) 274-8460.

Dallas: The Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 6:45 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Fretz Park Recreation Center, located at the corner of Hillcrest and Beltline Road in Dallas. For more information, call (214) 824-2448 or visit www.dogc.org.

Arlington: The Arlington Organic Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month (except November and December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact David at (817) 483-7746.

If you would like your organization’s events included in "Upcoming Garden Events," please contact us at Garden Events. To ensure inclusion in this column, please provide complete details at least three weeks prior to the event.


The Southern Kitchen Garden

By William D. Adams and Thomas R. Leroy

A kitchen garden, or potager, is a celebration of the seasons: brimming with vegetables, herbs, flowers, and even fruit trees, it’s our link with nature and a source for fresh produce. The kitchen garden has always been an important part of life in the rural South, at times meaning the difference between being well-fed or going to bed hungry. In recent times, the kitchen garden has become more fashionable and now more and more homeowners are reaping the delicious rewards of growing their own food.

A kitchen garden needs little more than a small raised bed, so an aspiring gardener with only a modest backyard will have plenty of room to get started. If you have more space on your hands, then you can include some produce requiring a little more space like fruit trees, corn or pumpkins.

In the book, the authors with take you through the process of starting your very own kitchen garden from location to soil preparation to planting and then to harvest. It is also loaded with useful information on propagation, pest control and is laced with mouth-watering recipes and beautiful color photographs.

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