By Ginny Stibolt and Melissa Contreras
The farm-to-table movement has gained incredible traction over the last several years as people demand fresher, safer food. At the same time, many of us are actively seeking cost-effective ways to combat rising food costs. What better way to address both concerns than to start your own vegetable garden? This guide, full of vibrant color photos and how-to diagrams, will teach you cultivation techniques without the use of harmful, synthetic chemicals. It’s great for those who are just testing green thumbs with a raised backyard bed as well as experienced gardeners who are looking for ways to improve established plots.
In an interview with Edible South Florida, co-author Melissa Contreras cites “Economics, food safety, freshness, provenance and the pure joy of putting a seed in the ground and watching it grow into a gorgeous plant to harvest for your table” as reasons that increasing numbers of people are starting their own gardens, especially to grow produce items like vegetables.
For a slew of additional tips and resources, visit co-author Ginny Stibolt’s blog: Green Gardening Matters, which will give you just a taste of the invaluable information she’s helped collect in this new book. Sustainable Gardening for Florida is another beloved guide by Stibolt, also available from UPF.