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Great Gifts for Gardeners from Alabama Extension

Auburn, Alabama – Got some gardeners on your holiday shopping list?  Alabama Extension has great gift choices for those green thumb family members and friends. The first two volumes of the Gardening in the South series are now available on iBooks and will make great gifts for gardeners on your list. If you are using a Mac or an iPad, use the iBooks app. If you are using a PC, you can find them in the iTunes store.

“Gardening in the South Volume I: Getting Started” covers the South’s unique soils, fertilizer selection and plant propagation.

“The first book, ‘Getting Started,’ also addresses the fantasy of many gardeners, the home greenhouse,” said Kerry Smith, an Alabama Extension Home Horticulture team leader based at Auburn University. “This book can help you make that dream a reality with practical information on creating a hobby greenhouse.”

Smith added that “Gardening in the South Volume II: Pest Management” has just been released. Volume II addresses many of gardeners’ most challenging problems—weeds, insects and plant diseases. From insects, to weeds, to plant diseases, Volume II will help you select the safest methods to control them.

Each Gardening in the South volume is $9.99 on iBooks.

“It’s easy to give a book as a gift,” she said. “Or you can give an iTunes gift card enabling the person to make the purchase directly.”

Katie Jackson, an established garden writer who currently has a monthly column in Alabama Living magazine, called “Gardening in the South” a must for every gardener’s digital book shelf.

“Gardening in the South brings all the best ingredients of e-publishing together in a beautiful, comprehensive and interactive compendium of science-based, tried-and-true gardening knowledge and guidance,” said Jackson. “All Southern gardeners, from novices to veterans, will find it as indispensible as it is user-friendly.”

To view Gardening in the South volumes, you must have an iPad with iBooks 3 or later and iOS 5.1 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

The series has three more volumes expected to publish soon—perfect for upcoming birthdays and other holidays.

“The books are very user-friendly and are filled with easy to understand, research-based information, color photos and video features,” said Smith. “Additionally, readers can test their knowledge with the  interactive quizzes found at the end of each chapter.”

Find the Gardening in the South series here.

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