Texas Fruit and Vegetable Gardening (podcast + contest)Jul 28th, 2012 | By Cecilia | Category: Featured Articles, podcast, the show
Greg Grant, a seventh generation Texan, calls himself a plant nut, and he wants to entice others to cultivate a passion for growing plants — especially edibles.
He is an attractive, energetic, funny, fifty-year-old man-child who says, “I’m a child at heart and will go to my grave being a little kid.”
And it suits this part-time research associate for garden outreach at Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens in Nacogdoches.
Known for ornamental plant introductions he’s made throughout his career, Greg has turned his vast knowledge and skills to teaching people to grow food.
And one way he’s doing that is with his most recent book, Texas Fruit and Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Eat the Best Edibles for Texas Gardens, published by Cool Springs Press.
In it Greg guides readers through growing and harvesting 60 different herbs, fruits and vegetables that grow in Texas.
The book opens with seed starting and covers the topics of creating great soil, composting, pest control, irrigation and fertilization, planting, maintenance, harvest and storage.
Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is for beginners — the “fifty percent of the population that doesn’t grow food.”
He even offers a section for getting kids involved in gardening. “Being a big kid, myself, makes me uniquely qualified to discuss this topic.”
The book takes readers through the gardening process in an easy to understand, and entertaining manner — with stories about Greg Grant’s lifelong love of gardening, family and nature.
There’s a section in the back of the book devoted to providing the reader with helpful tables, including: first and last freeze dates, how to recognize symptoms of nutrient deficiency, how to adjust soil pH, and harvest and storage of the vegetables and fruits.
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TEXAS FRUIT & VEGETABLE GARDENING
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