Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Good Reading

A lot of my reading on the subject of gardening is done on the computer via Google. Since I spend so much time on the computer, most of the many, many beautiful gardening books on my shelves have basically become "picture" books and have been read very little. Only lately have I determined to do more reading in them. However, the fact is that I don't even need the fingers of one hand to count the books I have that deal with growing roses in Florida. So the reading that I am recommending here is on the internet, specifically the University of Florida IFAS Extension website. You name it, they've researched and written about it.

When I start delving into the documents of UF IFAS, I am usually quite astonished at all the stuff I didn't know or was wrong about. What do they say, "Knowledge is power"? Well, in order to be an empowered Florida gardener, knowledge is crucial. Gardening, especially gardening in Florida, is not just digging in the dirt and dropping in a plant. After all, how many plants do you think really flourish in sand? Like any other endeavor, a little study is helpful.

So I thought I'd pass on a few examples of the good reading available online, courtesy of the State of Florida.

Nematode Management for Bedding Plants
Nematode Management for Perennial Landscape Plants
A Word or Two About Gardening
Rose Culture
Hillsborough County Garden Almanac

The first two are similar, but they include important lists of plants and their susceptibility to or tolerance of nematodes. (Interestingly, roses are only 'susceptible' not 'very susceptible' and 'will grow satisfactorily'.) The third article concerns rose growing in Miami-Dade, the fourth article is on roses in general in Florida, and the last one is a really cool one - what to plant and when throughout the year. Even though it's about the Tampa area, I think it's useful to many of us, and those with more or less cold probably already know the adjustments they'll have to make.

So cuddle up in front of your computer and expand your gardening mind with some good reading.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for these links. It's good to have them all in one spot. I have used the IFAS site often but just as often forget to look there.