Great garden books are an awesome resource for any gardener. They become a reference that gardeners can go back to over and a over again to fill in the blanks or come up with new ideas. The New Southern Living Garden Book is just that, a great resource book for southern gardeners. I was sent a copy for review recently and was very impressed with it.
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The New Southern Living Garden Book touts 2,000 full color photos, 500 garden ideas, and 8,000 flowers, vegetables, trees, and other plants. That is a lot of gardening to fit inside one manual!
The photographs are beautiful. After years of the magazine I’m sure they had lots of great pictures to choose from!
What is most useful about this book is the encyclopedia of plants. In fact this section takes up most of the space in the book. Southern native plants, vegetables, heirloom, and other traditional plants grown in the south are included. Each plant entry includes the hardiness zone, sun requirements, water requirements, and a section of growing information.
For some of the plant entries for more common plants like tomatoes the growing information is fairly extensive and delves into site recommendations pests and diseases, fertilizing, and of course the most important part: harvesting!
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favorite plant made it into the book!
The New Southern Living Garden Bookis not a book that specializes in any one garden area but rather gives new and old gardeners a ton of good general information about gardening in the south. It’s a resource you can come back to again and again, year after year. Every gardener needs a few of these types of books!