Dateline: 27 January 2017
David The Good's newest book, Push The Zone, is now available at Amazon. I just finished reading it this morning. In short, I thoroughly enjoyed it (Click Here for details).
The first two paragraphs of the Introduction give a good overview of the book...
This book won’t help you grow limes in a Minnesota backyard. It won’t help you grow cocoa on a Manhattan rooftop. Additionally, it won’t help you find the girl of your dreams. Although you probably already knew that.
What it will do is give you a broader growing range. If you’re a few hundred miles from a warmer climate where something you want to grow lives, the following ideas might just be able to get that plant working in your backyard, much to the surprise of your neighbors.
I live in New York State, where it gets mighty cold, and there is no way I'll ever be able to grow tropical plants in my garden. Nevertheless, many of the fundamental zone-pushing concepts in this book can definitely be applied to my 4b-5a USDA Hardiness Zone.
I'm thinking, for example, of peaches. They don't grow particularly well in my zone because of the cold. But in the zone 6 regions of Pennsylvania, a few hundred miles south of me, Pennsylvania peaches are a big deal. After reading Push The Zone, I now feel confident that I could successfully grow a peach tree by finding and/or creating microclimates.
However, this book is definitely geared for gardeners who live in more southern regions of the United States.
What makes Push The Zone special is that it's not a data dump of dry information. Not at all. Instead, the book delivers a boatload of downright useful information by telling good stories. And they aren't just stories about David's personal experiments and discoveries in the realm of zone pushing. There are stories and recollections from other zone-pushing gardeners that David has met and learned from over the years. Stories always make a book more interesting.
David's writing style is brisk and uniquely amusing, but the lessons he teaches about zone-pushing are not just entertaining... this is a very serious book.
Thus far, I've read four of David's six books, and I enjoyed them all, but I think Push The Zone may well be his best so far.
Oh, and if you haven't been to David's web site lately, Check it out Here.
Then, of course, there is the YouTube announcement....