Gardening for Dummies: A Succulent Spring

Come learn about the wonderful world of succulents, the types of plants that are very easy to maintain, grow, and propagate-- even if you lack the skill of growing plants. While here, you'll also learn about the library's free seed libraries in case you want to grow your own fruits, herbs, and vegies.

I have never been a gardener, but I have always been a garden and plant admirer. Photos of four various gardens

Even before COVID hit I would often drive around neighborhoods and take pictures of yards and gardens I found appealing. 

Our World Book online describes Gardening as “the growing and care of plants, usually as a hobby. People garden for many reasons. Most do so to provide flowers, vegetables, and other plant products for their own use. Other people garden to beautify their surroundings. Still others use gardening to reduce stress or even to help treat illness.”

Unfortunately, plants and I have a history. 
A bad history—in other words many of my own plants did not survive… until I discovered the beauty of succulents.

Succulents Photo credit Karl Tapales  Getty Images

Our World Book online also describes a succulent as “the name for a fleshy plant, such as a cactus, that has large stems or leaves in which water is stored. Succulent plants grow in deserts and other places where there is little water. By using the water stored in their leaves and stems, succulents can survive long droughts.”  It is easy to re-grow and propagate succulents.  If I can do it, anyone can.

To get some succulent inspiration, the library owns some really good books specifically on this topic.  Just click on the book cover(s) to be taken to the catalog listing.

Succulents_the ultimate guide to choosing, designing, and growing 200 easy-care plants book cover    The gardener's guide to succulents_a handbook of over 125 exquisite varieties of succulents and cacti book cover    Succulents (Idiot's Guides) book cover    Succulent container gardens_design eye-catching displays with 350 easy-care plants book cover    Striking succulent gardens_plants and plans for designing your low-maintenance landscape book cover

Practical cactus & succulent book book cover    Designing with succulents book cover    Happy cactus_cacti, succulents, and more book cover    Propagating plants_how to create new plants for free book cover    Bring the outside in_the essential guide to cacti, succulents, planters and terrariums book cover


Also there are some helpful links to websites about growing succulents:

UF/IFAS Gardening Solutions: Succulents

5 Helpful Tips for Growing Healthy Succulents

Propagating Succulents in 5 Easy Steps


Use your 14-digit library card for current or back issues of articles on home and gardening. You can read digital magazines online via  Flipster, or through the classic OverDriveOverDrive app, and Libby app websites for use in a browser. They can be accessed on a computer or mobile device. Some of my favorites are Backyard & Garden Design Ideas, Better, Homes & Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, and Southern Living.  For example, see “The Grumpy Gardener” column on Aloe in the January/February 2021 edition of Southern Living, p.51


If you'd rather try your hand at growing your own fruits, herbs, and vegies, the library can get you started with FREE seeds from our Seed Library, now available at all locations.  Call your local branch for more information about kinds of seeds available and checkout limits.Seed Library logo color


The library owns books about seeds, seed swapping, and seed harvesting. Try some of these as you embark on your journey to grow from seed.


Saving seeds_a home gardener's guide to preserving plant biodiversity book cover The complete guide to saving seeds_322 vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits, trees, and shrubs book cover Seedswap_the gardener's guide to saving and swapping seeds book cover The garden seed saving guide_easy heirloom seeds for the home gardener book cover Seed saving_a beginner's guide to heirloom gardening book cover Beginning seed saving for the home gardener book cover


The library also owns a series of Gardening for dummies books under the “…for dummies” series. These books are especially helpful for beginning gardeners with clear, concise step-by-step instructions for getting started and cultivating gardens.

Gardening basics for dummies book cover    Urban gardening for dummies book cover    Urban gardening for dummies book cover    Vegetable gardening for dummies book cover    Backyard homesteading all-in-one for dummies book cover


For more books on gardening, try some of these. If something is not available at your location, just click on any of the book covers here and place a hold on that item and it will be sent to a branch specifically for you.

Growveg, the beginner's guide to easy vegetable gardening book cover  Grow food at home_simple methods for small spaces book cover   Organic gardening for everyone book cover   Florida Month-by-Month Gardening book cover   How plants work_the science behind the amazing things plants do book cover  Beginner Gardening Step by Step: A Visual Guide to Yard and Garden Basics book cover    


For even more succulent inspiration, check out this quick one minute video “How-To Propagate (regrow) Succulents,” and have a succulent spring!

How-To | Regrow Succulents

Posted by CindyB on March 29, 2021