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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Computer/Tech)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (January 27, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764550578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764550577
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,462,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

"Packed with planting and design ideas that will transform even the humblest of pots into a flower festival." — Doug Jimerson, Editor-in-Chief, Garden Escape, www.garden.com "Who better to turn to for everything you need to know about container culture than a guy who has ‘been there, done that’ for a careerful of years?" — Joseph F. Williamson, Former Garden Editor and Managing Editor of Sunset Magazine

16 Pages of Colorful Photos!

Where Does Your Garden Grow? Find out how you can cultivate a charming garden in a redwood window box, a hanging basket, or a pair of old cowboy boots with Container Gardening For Dummies® Grow colorful plants, flowers, trees, and vegetables that will turn any gardener's thumb green with envy. Whether you're an inexperienced city dweller or his savvy country cousin, you'll love the down-to-earth tips and easy-to-follow directions for creating gorgeous container gardens in any climate. Sprout a Very Green Thumb

  • Unearth winning approaches for growing almost anything in a container
  • Discover how experts make greens flourish on roofs, balconies, and windowsills
  • Create your own one-of-a-kind garden by using classic and offbeat containers
  • Uncover the best fertilizing and watering techniques for your climate
  • Grow exotic and low-maintenance cactus and succulents
  • Prevent insects, pests, and diseases from invading your containers
  • Find out which ten tools are ideal for working in container gardens

About the Author

About the Authors Bill Marken, former Editor-in-Chief of Sunset magazine, is the Editor of Rebecca's Garden magazine and California Editor of Garden Escape (www.garden.com). He is also the recipient of the American Horticultural Society's prestigious Horticultural Communication Award. The National Gardening Association is recognized for its bimonthly National Gardening magazine and extensive work in science education for children. The Association is also the coauthor of Annuals For Dummies??, Gardening For Dummies??, Roses For Dummies??, Perennials For Dummies??, and Lawn Care For Dummies??.

Customer Reviews

This book just brings it all to a simply level that can get you going and make you feel that you are going to be a success!
Ellie Engelbrecht
Everything from vegetables to flowers are covered, including essential information on soils, potting materials, and the pots and containers as well.
Joanie Mac
Even with this one minor flaw, I still highly recommend this book to anyone interested in starting their own container garden.
A Reader

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Safiyya N. on August 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
I originally checked this book out from the library, and after renewing three times and being told I couldn't renew it any more, I broke down and bought my own copy. It is VERY helpful in explaining the types of plants that do well in containers, and how to take care of them, how to deal with pests, how to "winter over," and so on. There is an entire section on what you can put plants in (be creative!), what the different types of soils are and what that means to you, and what plants do well in whichever type of light you have. I keep my copy of this book handy, and refer to it often. It's the single best reference book I've found on the subject of Container Gardening. Herb Gardening for Dummies is also good, but not QUITE as good as this one.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on February 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
As someone with a "black thumb" (I can generally kill a plant within 24 hours!) I found this book to be very helpful. Even though there are huge amounts of real and applicable information here, the author manages to keep it fun and very readable. The best part is that since reading this book and putting it to use I haven't lost one plant! In fact, they seem to be thriving.

The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is the layout. I feel more thought could have been put into the way the chapters are put together. Specifically, the fact that I had to skip past all the design ideas to get to the care information in the back. Even with this one minor flaw, I still highly recommend this book to anyone interested in starting their own container garden.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M88n on April 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
I found lots of very useful information from pot sizes and soil (and soil-less) mixes as well as useful info on lots of plants, needs, watering etc. As container gardening is quite different than planting in the ground, I found this book VERY useful and different from all the other normal gardening books. I am a beginner, but love to research stuff to death and I find this book does give you a very good foundation to get started and do well.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Carol on July 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm a beginner to gardening and found this to be a wonderful book. It even has a section on which conifers (Christmas-tree-type trees) can be grown in containers. This is great - I'm going to grow my own little forest on my balcony.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. on January 15, 2011
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I bought a few other books for Kindle on container gardening (I wish I never bought From Container to Kitchen see my review on that book) and this one is by far the best. I am an experienced container gardener looking for some tips to increase my productivity. I picked up some great tips and cant wait to try them out. I am already planning my garden. I always had trouble keeping things alive during the hot summers here, but now I feel confident that this year will be my best yet. I skipped some of the chapters (mostly houseplants and growing herbs) that I didn't need and still picked up great advice. I made lots of notes and even went out and bought a couple of fruit tree's that are doing great. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to either grow edibles in containers or even just houseplants. Look for great tips on Pot sizes and fertilizing techniques. There was also information on planting in cold or hot weather and watering. It covered common diseases and how to cure them. It also covers pests and how to deal with them. It is geared more towards organic remedies and states pesticides are a last resort.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charles Groen on April 1, 2011
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"Container Gardening for Dummies" is an outstanding book for someone who is just beginning in container gardening - as the name might suggest. It focuses heavily on gardening for those of us who have limited space in which to garden, and even goes as far as recommending certain plants for certain climates.

This is a great book, but a book more focused on gardening in general may be a better starter. Perhaps The Beginner's Guide to Urban Gardening: A Simple, Practical Guide to Creating Your Own Bountiful Indoor Garden would be more appropriate for a potential gardener who is breaking into the idea of gardening in a limited space.

The book also spends considerable time on decorative ideas for gardening, which may not be appropriate for a person with very limited space. Once again, a book focused solely on urban gardening would be excellent.

I purchased the book via my Kindle, and found the format to be entirely satisfactory. In some cases Kindle editions of books may not the easiest to navigate, but I found no problems with this particular work.

In all though, this book is an indispensable reference for a person who is familiar with gardening, and is attempting to sharpen their skills with container gardening and decoration. I learned quite a bit from this book, and would definitely recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Leuchtman on April 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
I got this book to start a small vegetable garden outside my apartment. It has lots of info on other types of plants such as annuals and perennials. It tells you what you need to know to simply grow the plants like potting mixes, fertilizing, what size container you need, and watering. I do wish it had a bit more on pruning but it recommends books on that and i guess it isn't absolutely essential for this books purpose. Overall a good buy.
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