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Push the Zone by David the Good

 
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Push the Zone: The Good Guide to Growing Tropical Plants Beyond the Tropics (The Good Guide to Gardening Book 3)



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"Have you ever wished you could grow mangoes, coffee, oranges and other delicious tropical plants… but find yourself limited by a less-than-tropical climate? If you long for Key lime pies at Christmas, or homegrown bananas at breakfast, you’re not alone! Expert gardener and mad scientist David The Good fought for years to figure out how grow tropical plants hundreds of miles outside their natural climate range… and he succeeded!

In PUSH THE ZONE: The Good Guide to Growing Tropical Plants Beyond the Tropics, David the Good shares his successes and failures in expanding plant ranges, and equips you with the knowledge you need to add a growing zone or two to your own backyard. Based on original research done in North Florida, PUSH THE ZONE is useful for northern gardeners as well. Discover microclimates in your yard, use the thermal mass of walls to grow impossible plants and uncover growing secrets that will change your entire view of what can grow where!"

Featuring a foreword by Dr. David Francko, the author of PALMS WON'T GROW HERE AND OTHER MYTHS.


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Umm, excuse me, but ... how on earth did you read my mind?

I was just sitting here wondering if there was a way to create a warmer microclimate in my zone 7a world so that I could successfully grow avocado. I came here to see if any of the helpful and knowledgeable people here had ever done that, and lo and behold, here is your post!

Thank you!
 
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Ferne Reid wrote:Umm, excuse me, but ... how on earth did you read my mind?

I was just sitting here wondering if there was a way to create a warmer microclimate in my zone 7a world so that I could successfully grow avocado. I came here to see if any of the helpful and knowledgeable people here had ever done that, and lo and behold, here is your post!

Thank you!


Avocado may be possible in your area if you plant a cold-hardy variety like Lila and grow it flat against a south-facing wall as I recommend in the book. It would be a stretch, but they are growing in zone 8 and living.
 
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If this book can teach me how to grow passionfruit without building a big greenhouse, I'm in!
 
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Just finished reading.  There was one section on greenhouses that was worth the price of the book not to mention all the other useful info! There is ton of info out there for the cold zones but I can find very little on the zones that border the tropics.  I am in zone 8 and this book has lots of real world examples of zone pushing in the warmer zones.  There  are even hints on how to push the zone the other direction. These same techniques apply to the colder zones but with different plants.  It is a great read and worth the money.

 
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