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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2012
I am a novice just starting out with my window garden. So I have been looking around for a good reference guide on container gardening. I live in an apartment in the northeast. Although I think the author attempted to cover all bases this book was geared towards the terrace/patio in the pacific northwest. The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking Decorating, Dining and the Gratifying Pleasures of self-Sufficiency--on a Budget!by Kate Payne,she had a very helpful chapter on apartment gardening in the northeast.

So here are the cons:
Illustrations of the more complicated ideas would have been helpful. e.g., worming migration in the bin. Almost half the book was recipes. Needed more gardening. Concentrated on Terrace and Patio gardening not specifically apartment gardening. Geared towards the northwest. Author's wording didn't seem to corresponding to current gardening vernacular, i.e. full sun versus shade which I believe she meant direct light vs. indirect, no mention of zones, etc. I think it is a mistake to leave out some of the more common herbs, e.g., Rosemary: mentioned as a perennial but then nothing about growing it. Same with basil and sage. Even a note saying the following herbs cab be treated the same way would have been helpful, e.g. Sage and basil can be treated the same as lemon verbena as far as watering, etc.( this is not true just a fictitious example)

PROS:
I thought the recipes were very helpful. It was a great idea to demonstrate the produce in actual recipes.
A good introduction to worming.( enough to know that it will probably be too overwhelming for me to attempt)Some very handy tips on fertilizer, composting, a pretty detailed plan for getting started(although this could not have been detailed enough for me), sustaining your garden, etc. She helped bridge some important gaps from outside and inside gardening that other books have glossed over.

All in all a lot of helpful information geared to producing. But, as I said I needed apartment gardening so 3 stars for a very good perspective of pertinent side subject; terrace gardening.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2011
Nice little starter book with some unique concepts. I was hoping for more on garden containers and a little less recipes, but it would help new growers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2013
This is a great book about *container* gardening, but pretty useless if you are like most apartment dwellers and don't have a balcony/patio/deck/etc. Some of the information is certainly applicable to indoor gardeners, but much of it focus' on what seasons to grow in depending on outdoor weather, transitioning plants from indoor to outdoor (and vice versa) and other outdoor issues, simply adapted from regular gardening to container gardening.

As an avid indoor, actual apartment gardener, I can say many of our issues are unique and quite different - for example the coolest months indoors tend to spring and autumn, when there is no heat or air conditioning on, the warmest months are winter, when sun is most scarce but the heat is blasting (apartments are generally significantly warmer then private houses due to the communal living and the higher floors). Space planning - such as utilizing vertical space - is a significant issue as well when one is limited to windows as a natural light source, and also in finding places to do messy things like potting (soil, in a carpeted home can be an issue!) These types of typical apartment gardening issues are not covered in this book, as the author assumes one can do their potting outdoors just steps from their living space, and will be utilizing the outdoor weather, not indoor climate control.

If you have outdoor space however, and especially if you are in the Pacific Northwest (as this book focus' almost exclusively on the PNW climate), this book is a handy resource. If you are a north-easterner without a terrace though, don't bother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2013
I have no doubt that Amy Pennington is a rock star gardener, but her book leaves something to be desired. If you a) live in the PNW, b) have a small (outdoor) apartment deck or patio, and c) don't mind sloppy writing then you might get your money's worth from this book. I was glad that I checked it out from the library first because I would have been annoyed if I'd spent money on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2013
Probably a fine book for gardening in small outdoor spaces, but most "apartments" don't have outdoor space. I had to return my copy, disappointed. I know all about deck gardening already, and wanted advice on indoor apartment gardening.
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on January 18, 2014
Basic Information to start with the gardening. Some useful tips and experiences. If you have some knowledge about gardening, this book is not for you. If you want to star and you don't know nothing, this book is great.
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