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Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces Paperback – February 2, 2010
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Gayla's love for gardening began with parsley seeds planted in a Styrofoam cup when she was five years old. Inspired by the potato plants her grandmother grew in a bucket on her senior centre's fire escape, Gayla has always gardened in whatever space she had available, including a hot and exposed building rooftop, a community plot, windowsills, shared yard space, fire escapes, a concrete parking pad, stoop steps, and a small urban backyard.
Top Customer Reviews
You probably should stop reading and just buy the book. The quality is excellent. Photographs are beautiful. The book is easy to read and doesn't waste time. Well done!
Pictures of what vegetables are supposed to look like always help. I'm always turning to my neighbor and asking, "Did I plant that or is it a weed?" Usually the neighbor says it's a weed, but I'm never sure.
The text covers harvesting, drying, preserving, and storing, only one of which I want to do, harvesting, but the other topics are beautifully covered for those who are ready. I'm pushing my luck just to grow and harvest a plant from seed. Maybe next year I'll preserve and store.
She lists plants that grow well in depleted soil, shady or very hot spots and makes coverage interesting on topics of nutrients, fertilizers, containers, pests, building self-watering planter boxes cheaper than buying, a great idea.
I learned about heat-loving spinach I was already growing, but had no idea what it needed! Lists of recommended varieties of vegetables and those that work well in containers are especially helpful.
Now I know when to harvest vegetables, something that always baffled me, including when to dig up onions, when to stop watering, and hang them to cure, and when my radishes were ready to harvest, unfortunately I didn't learn that in time for the current crop, how radishes can be used as a pest repellent for squash, that carrots are slow to germinate but ready to eat at any size, and when potatoes are ready to harvest. I had been about to pull mine out to check. I'm glad I didn't.Read more ›
This book is not your bible.
While it is beautifully composed, and contains a helpful chapter about canning, there is a distinct lack of real facts and procedures. In short: this is an impratical book. Questions about drainage, how to compose your garden, or how to trellis are barely answered. While the sections on individual produce to grow are inticing, they lack the information you need to really make a go at things. This book can be a good starter, but only when complemented with other, more in depth books, and a good gardening center that can guide you through the practical steps.
As an alternatives, try McGee and Stuckey's The Bountiful Container. Less pretty picture, but far more useful information.
A really, really exemplary sophomore effort by Trail. Run-do-not-walk to buy this great work.
-why the rosemary survived but did not grow (too small a pot)
-why the basil died (unrelenting exposure to wind)
-why the thyme survived where the basil did not (the thyme is drought resistant and didn't care that I'd ridiculously put all my herbs in a tiny coir-lined window basket on a wind-whipped second story balcony)
-why the mint rotted (mints like to "stay wet" I'd been told by other books. Apparently not that wet, and only the soil not the leaves.. Excessively wet + poor air circulation = rot)
-how all of them could have benefited from mulch (did not occur to me to mulch pots)
-a clear metaphor to understand and see how often any plant needs water
-how to make simple plant foods
-and on and on!
It also explained terms I had seen thrown around in several gardening books, like the warning to not let your plants "bolt" (which at the time I could only imagine involved my herbs running away to a more competent home). If years of looking at those unhelpful charts so common in other books, describing the exact conditions favored by each plant (type of soil, pH, full sun vs partial shade, etc) have led you to believe that each plant can only be grown in its own meticulously placed test tube, this is just the book to coax you out of that hopeless paradigm. And I spent maybe a decade thinking "partial shade" meant some kind of sparse, broken shade, like under a tree, when it turns out the "partial" refers to time; 4-6 hours of direct sun per day compared to 8 hours of direct sun per day for "full sun.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my go-to gardening book for apartment gardening. Great tips, how-tos and some recipes! As a beginner grower, this is a must-read.Published 3 months ago by S. Harwood
Awesome book packed with great info. Arrived quickly and in great condition.Published 4 months ago by Paula Crebbs
It was a great read and had lots of good ideas, verycreative thank youPublished 7 months ago by Karen Stalker
Grow Great Grub is filled with practical advice, beautiful pictures, and lots of projects to dream over. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alex
Having spent a few seasons now as a beginner edible gardener, I decided that this year I was ready to expand my skills. After at little research, this book was my first stop. Read morePublished 12 months ago by How Roode
Gayla keeps it simple for the beginner. I have both books and love them!Published 14 months ago by Pami