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GIFT Gardens Growing Guide: Florida Organic Growers’ information-packed growing guide given to all GIFT Garden recipients and free to the public. Find basic information on what to grow and when, permaculture, recipes and tips from farmers pertinent to north Florida conditions.
Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide: a free publication from IFAS with detailed information on crop varieties, planing times, harvest, spacing etc., pest control and fertilizer considerations. Not organic, but great info for Florida gardens, a must have for the planting guide recommendations.
Organic Vegetable Gardening: another free publication from IFAS, this time focused on organic practices in the home garden. Learn about organic soil amendments and how to apply, natural fertilizers, mulching, pest control and more.
Monthly Gardening Tips: yet another great resource from IFAS that includes useful information on other landscape plants in addition to your edible garden like when to prune and how, what to plant and fertilizing. Past months are archived.
Homemade Remedies: if you’re looking for safe, homemade concoctions to battle fungus, bugs or weeds this is a good start. But be sure to ask your neighbors, network friends or call IFAS Extension and see what locals have found to work.
Organic Gardening Magazine: for all sorts of organic gardening information that you might be used to from their excellent print magazine.
Florida Gardening Magazine: has bimonthly issues that cover a range of Florida gardening topics, often with edibles.
Gardens Alive!: has a great A-Z archive of various gardening topics. You can also shop around for products here. Click on “Mike’s YBYG archives” on the left for the full listing of archived topics.
Know your zone! Check out the 2012 plant hardiness zone before you plant.
Farmer Tyler’s Plant Projects and More from Gainesville FLA. Learn from a local UF Horticulture student about a variety of urban homesteading projects from backyard animals, gardens, greenhouses and more.
Check out Gainesville’s Travis Mitchell: “There are Plants in My Yard”
Green Basket is garden porn, cow pooling and other foodie adventures in North Central Florida.
Kitchen Crumbs is the official blogspot of locally famous Hogtown Homegrown.
Our Local Life features the wisdom and locally delicious recipes from the Gainesville Catholic Worker House.
Sometimes you just need a good coffee table reference book, that you can grab before you head out to the store or garden. There are a lot out there, so to help you narrow it down, here are a few of our favorites. Let us know what yours are too and we’ll add them to the list.
Vegetable Gardening in Florida by James M. Stephens. If you had to get just one book, this would be it. Very useful for the Florida gardener. Not focused on organic, but a great start and affordable. Some local bookstores carry it, or you can go to the IFAS bookstore on UF campus.
Florida Home Grown 2: The Edible Landscape by Tom McCubbins provides an excellent Florida-based resource with all kinds of information on gardening with kids, planting guides, information on watering, fertilizing, perennial edible gardens and more. A great resource to have on hand.
Rodale’s All New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening by Fern Marshall Bradley is a great A-Z reference for many gardening topics including edibles. Not Florida specific.
Rodale’s Vegetable Garden Problem Solver by Fern Marshall Bradley a must-have reference for every bug, fungus and furry mammal problem you are likely to encounter with comprehensive organic strategies to combat your garden’s worst enemies. Not Florida specific, but many of the problems described in the book affect us.
Rodale’s Successful Organic Gardening: Improving the Soil by Erin Hynes offers an easy to understand and comprehensive look at the root of all good gardening: good soil. Get the low down on various amendments, soil types, problems and insights into what various plant requirements are.