This image is the cover for the book Time to Plant

Time to Plant

From the author who’s “one part Wendell Barry, one part Martha Stewart . . . one of the most refreshing takes on ‘locavore’ you’ll see this year” (St. Louis Magazine).

A vital young voice in the gardening scene teaches a new generation of Southerners to love gardening and to make it a focal point of their lifestyle. James Farmer III teaches respect for the age-old rules of flower and vegetable gardening in the Deep South (e.g., May is the time for pruning), in a fresh voice that resonates love of life and entertaining at home. Also included are delicious recipes for seasonal meals, as well as suggestions for floral arrangements and centerpieces from the garden.

Praise for James T. Farmer and his books

“A Southern gentleman who’s just as charming in the garden as he is in the kitchen. He’s compiled all his botanical experiences into A Time to Plant.”—Harper’s Bazaar

A Time to Cook, A Time to Plant and A Time to Celebrate are titles of three of his books that inspire readers to cultivate, decorate and salivate over their own efforts in the kitchen. His books contain descriptive text combined with colorful photographs and garden-to-table recipes.”—The Virginian-Pilot

James T. Farmer

James T. Farmer III is the author of A Time to Plant. His company, James Farmer Designs, specializes in landscape and interior design. James is a proponent of garden living and entertaining, or weaving the bounties of the garden into your daily life. Find him at He lives in Kathleen, Georgia.

Gibbs Smith