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Southern Gardening's Guide to

UF/IFAS Gardening Publications

The University of Florida and the Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences publish a truly massive number of documents of value to southern gardeners. While you could obtain these documents by mail order or from your county extension office, now, through the wonder of the World Wide Web, you can get them in a matter of seconds at the click of a button.

Our guide to the Master Gardener Notebook
The Notebook is actually a collection of in-depth publications on plants, problems & techniques. If you're looking for a particular gardening topic, start your search here.

Our guide to the Vegetable Gardening Handbook
Similarly, the Handbook is actually a collection of in-depth publications on various veggies from A to Z. If you want to know about growing a particular vegetable in Florida, start your search here.

Organic Vegetable Gardening
A good intro to organic gardening on a small scale

Organic production of fruits & vegetables
On a commercial scale

Home Citrus Handbook

Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Handbook
The official publication of the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program, encouraging xeriscaping, greater use of native plants, and less reliance on chemicals and energy to maintain conspicuously unused urban cow pastures.

Florida Lawn Handbook

Environmental landscaping


Starting a Wholesale Nursery Business

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies

Florida Weeds

Weed Management Guide

Waste management
Has several chapters on composting.

Butterfly gardening

Environmental Horticulture

Environmental Horticulture is a field of study that deals with the art and science of breeding, propagating, installing and maintaining plants that are used to enhance and improve the human environment. Proper selection and placement of plants in the exterior and interior landscapes is a major factor in creating and maintaining an environment that promotes a feeling of psychological well-being and physical comfort.

Most of the UF publications divide the state of Florida into three sections: southern, central, and northern. Recommendations for northern Florida will usually be applicable to the entire Coastal South region, from Texas to South Carolina. (When in doubt, consult your county's Cooperative — they really are — Extension Office.)

Many of these publications are available in "Portable Document Format" (PDF) and require that you have Adobe Acrobat Reader® software on your computer. If the on-screen (HTML) version of the publication has this symbol in the upper-right corner of the screen

PDF symbol

it means you can download a printable version of the document in PDF format. You may refer to our article on how to set up and use the Acrobat Reader for more information.

We recommend that you first take a look at the HTML version of the document you're interested in before downloading the PDF version for printing later. (HTML is the standard World Wide Web format for displaying documents online.)

We also recommend that if you plan to print a number of the documents (it's hard to resist), set the left print margin so that it's wide enough for a three-hole punch — then save the documents in a three-ring binder. Back to top of page

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