Monday, December 23, 2013

Harvest of the day

Christmas harvest gathered on 12/23/13 in Ginny's yard.
The rains are coming, so it was time to harvest some of our Christmas dinner. 
- Sugar snap peas: the young ones will be steamed with butter, while the older pods will be used in the pesto dip.
- Purple and orange carrots will be cut in thin diagonal slices for dipping in the pesto, while the rest of them will be steamed with butter.
- Lime basil, curly parsley, garlic chives, and oregano will be used in the pesto dip.

We hope you are eating from your garden this winter.  If not, now's the time to get started! 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Still in the top 10 six months later

We are pleased to point out that "Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida" is regularly in the top ten on Amazon for southern garden books. Fall is the best time to start your edibles in Florida, which is why our three planting calendars for north, central, and south Florida regions start in September, not January.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A book review from

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Source of Info for Florida Gardeners April 15, 2013
By MrsH
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
Very excited to find a book about Florida specific organic gardening. The soil in Florida is so varied and the temps so high in summer is great to find a source that walks one through those obstacles. The book list planting times and methods for the various Florida regions as well as telling you what not to bother with in the garden.

I'm finding it a fabulous source of information.

I'm updating my review since I've now had the book for several months. Poor book is so dog-eared from me dragging it outside and reading and re-reading. I can not say enough good things about how helpful this book has been. If you live in Florida and you want to garden this will be your go to guide. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

#1 on Amazon for Southern Garden Books

It happened this morning. Our book is #1 in Southern Garden Books on

Be sure to check out all of our appearances to visit with us.

Our only joint or dual appearance will be on May 5th at the Gray Mockingbird Community Garden in Lake Worth Florida in Palm Beach County.  See you then!

Another Excellent Review

Jenny Huston Crowley, a member of the Tallahassee Writers' Association, wrote a thorough review of our book on

If you enjoy the pleasure of working the soil in our sun-blessed state, tending and watching plants grow, and then harvesting a bounty of fresh produce to eat and to share, you’ll want to read Ginny Stibolt and Melissa Contreras’ new book, Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida.
We hope that our book will inspire you to grow more of your own vegetables. Once you get started, it's just like printing money and your fresh veggies are sooo much better for you than ones that have been sitting around for days and days.

So, go and grow!

Friday, April 12, 2013

"Edible South Florida" review

A book review in Edible South Florida's Winter 2013 issue featured the book on page 14. with great tips from Melissa.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Great Book Review!

Don't you just love the first line? Thanks to Karen Gallagher for this extensive review!

This thorough review in The Daytona Beach News Journal by Karen Gallagher captures the essence of our book. And it includes one of our many recipes, Ugly Carrot Soup.

When you grow carrots, some of them are less than perfect, but they taste terrific when you use them in this unusual soup.

So now that vegetables are more expensive than ever, why not let us help you get started with "Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida"?

Happy gardening!
Ginny Stibolt

Friday, February 22, 2013

The books are available!

The books are shipping. This is a books of books shipped by Amazon.
Photo by Dori Stibolt, a good daughter who bought 10 of her mother's books.

Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida is shipping! And our events and our appearances across Florida are beginning.

Melissa's events are mostly in south Florida and are listed here. Ginny's events are mostly in north & central Florida and are listed here.

If you have a garden-oriented event where either of us could speak, please let us know.  Email Ginny or Melissa to make arrangements. Thanks.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Organic Methods for Vegetable Gardening in Florida

We don't have the book yet,
but Melissa and I received our sample covers in the mail today. Yay!

Writing this book has been an educational process for both of us. We turned in our final draft last December and now more than a year later after experts gave us feedback, a copy editor did her magic, and building an index from the galleys, we are finally getting close. Publication date is March 12th.

We think our approach to vegetable gardening will be helpful to gardeners of all skill levels and with large or small gardening spaces. We have arranged the vegetables by family for a number of reasons, but mostly because it will help you in your crop rotations.


In addition the 116 color photos, we are fotunate to have Marjorie Shropshire's wonderful drawings throughout the book to illustrate various gardening methods and ideas for becoming a better gardener.


After the book is released, Melissa and I will be available for presentations about gardening organically and general ecosystem gardening. Melissa will cover south Florida and I will cover central and northern regions. Florida's a huge state, so having both of us working on this book from opposite ends of the state made it possible for us to cover the whole state.

Our events are listed on the Events Page.

Melissa's email
Ginny's email

We don't know how often we'll be posting to this blog, but if you have an issue you'd like to see discussed, let us know. Thanks for reading.

Happy Gardening,
Ginny Stibolt