Books for New Year’s Resolutions


The bookstore will be closed December 24 through January 2. Orders received after noon on December 23 will begin processing and shipping on January 3.

When it comes to resolutions, it’s usually easier (and more fun!) to start a new habit than to break an old one. If you start the year off trying out something exciting and new, you’re more likely to still be learning and growing into it months later. The IFAS Extension Bookstore has some brand new titles that can help you get started on a successful How-to ’22.

(Don’t worry—you can always give up chocolate next year!)

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Gardening

Robert Bowden

Cool Springs Press

Growing your own edibles is a great way to get exercise, improve your diet, save money and learn about agriculture. It’s like joining a health club and taking a science class at the same time! Florida Fruit & Vegetable Gardening is the place to start, with easy-to-use tips for creating a garden and fully illustrated advice about where, when and how to plant 35 vegetables and 25 fruits and berries that do well in Florida’s growing climates. From collard greens to pineapple, this is a concise and entertaining guide to creating your own garden of eatin’.

256 pp.


Raising Backyard Chickens for Eggs

Mary Henry, Jessica Ryals, Alicia Halbritter, and Derek Barber

It’s easy to see why more people today are raising their own backyard chicken flocks – they’re a good source of fresh eggs and a fun way to learn about caring for animals, self-sufficiency, and connecting with where our food comes from. And with planning they can even provide a source of trade or income.

This UF/IFAS Extension guide is a concise introduction to raising your own backyard flocks, including information on local ordinances, building coops, feeding your chickens, protecting your flock from predators, selecting breeds, gathering eggs, keeping your birds healthy and more. Whether you want to start a business, bring eggs to the breakfast table or welcome new pets into your family, this book is the perfect starting place.

32 pp.


Composting for a New Generation

Michelle Balz

Cool Springs Press

One of the perks of having a garden is that you get to feed it your own compost. Suddenly, all those banana peels, coffee grounds and broccoli stems become useful for making the black gold that enriches your garden soil. And today, thanks to advances in technology and composting science, there are more ways than ever to compost effectively without creating a mess, smell or eyesore.

Composting for a New Generation lays out all the options for today’s sustainability-minded gardeners. It includes instructions for building backyard tumblers and African keyhole gardens, tips for dealing with fruit flies, vermiculture, hugelkultur, making Bokashi and compost tea, and more. It also includes a fascinating section on the science of composting—take note, parents of children with science fair projects. Even if you’ve been composting for years, there are new techniques and projects to learn.

If you’re new to composting, once you start, you’ll wonder why you ever took out the trash.

192 pp.


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Posted: December 20, 2021

Category: HOME LANDSCAPES, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Gardening, New Years, New Years Resolutions, UF/IFAS Bookstore

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