Gardening in The Humid South

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LSU Press, Mar 1, 2004 - Gardening - 384 pages
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Two self-proclaimed "crotchety old horticulture professors," Ed O'Rourke and Leon Standifer share an immense love of gardening, a vast knowledge of all things horticultural, and a hearty sense of humor. In Gardening in the Humid South, they combine all of these traits to provide a practical and entertaining guide to gardening in the region they know best, the humid subtropics of the lower South.

In chapters with titles like "Bulbs and Things That Act Like Bulbs" and "Weeds: Telling Good Guys from Bad Guys," Ed and Leon offer friendly how-to advice on a broad array of issues, including choosing and preparing a cultivation site, raising fruit, growing in containers, using fertilizer, and preparing for cold weather.

Regardless of your gardening style, Ed and Leon can help. Are you a weekend warrior who enjoys leisurely Saturday mornings in the yard? Ed and Leon will show you ways to improve your garden while cutting back on your total effort. Is your yard large enough to keep you busy all day, every day? Ed and Leon know some short cuts that you probably haven't tried. Are you an apartment gardener with only a window sill and a few old pots to cultivate? Ed and Leon have some tips just for you. Even armchair gardeners will delight in living vicariously through the agricultural antics of these witty and wise old hands.

In Gardening in the Humid South, two old friends share their contagious enthusiasm for their avocation and show that despite the hard work, gardening is, above all, fun.


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Both former holticulture professors at Louisiana State University, O'Rourke and Standifer present a lively and comprehensive treatment of gardening in the humid subtropics of the lower South. These ... Read full review


Tools and Tricks of the Trade
Compost Earthworms and Productive Soil
Pots n Plants
Bulbs and Things That Act Like Bulbs
Annuals and Herbaceous Perennials
What About Trees?
Fruit Trees and Small Fruits
A Plague on the Land? Chemical Pesticides
Telling Good Guys from Bad
The Nuts and Bolts of Plants and Soils
What It Is Is Not and Might Be
ThreeDog Nights
How to Make Potting Mixes

Vines Are Fascinating Plants
A Soft Green Carpet
Insects Diseases and Combinations of the Two

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Professor emeritus of horticulture at Louisiana State University, Edmund N. O'Rourke Jr. lives in Baton Rouge.

Leon C. Standifer is professor emeritus of horticulture at Louisiana State University and the author of Not in Vain and Binding Up the Wounds, memoirs of his World War II army days.

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