A movement to embrace home-grown edibles, whether propelled by economics or the hope for sustainability, is taking shape around us, writes Bellamy, setting the stage for a thorough introduction to the basics of creating a small-space garden, in which beauty combines with functionality. Bellamy offers design tips as she discusses assessing space and common site problems (e.g., poor drainage); preparing containers, raised beds, and soil; sowing; growing; maintaining plant health; pruning; and harvesting. Highlighted are edibles from apples to zucchini, with details for the cultivation and enjoyment of each fruit and vegetable, including useful growing tips and information on the most popular varieties. Of particular inspiration are Bellamy’s suggestions for veggie patches on balconies, patios, and the tiniest of city plots. Many full-page color photographs by Jackie Connelly complete this yummy and useful presentation. --Whitney Scott
“An inspiring book for those with a can-do spirit but not much gardening space.”
(Life on the Balcony blog
"A stylish yet substantial introduction to growing edibles in small spaces."
“A great book for beginners and for those of us who need winter eye candy.”
(Red Dirt Ramblings
“Inspiration…for veggie patches on balconies, patios, and the tiniest of city plots…complete this yummy and useful presentation.”
“A marvelous book that's entertaining, extremely useful, and lovely. I recommend it highly.”
“An invaluable resource for aspiring greenthumbed terrace farmers.”
(The Source Weekly
“I’d recommend it to any new gardener of edibles, particularly one who has limited or no access to a plot of earth she can call her own.”
“Full of wisdom and practical advice…stands apart for its tone, which is both gentle and practical, and its many fascinating sidebars and offshoots. Easy to flip through and find something fun to read in a hurry.”
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Particularly useful to those urban/suburban homes with very limited space.”
“Full of smart ideas for how to deal with a seemingly impossible growing situation.”
“A fine piece of informational, inspiring and winning work.”
"Creative and fresh."
Beautiful, down-to-earth, completely enticing.
(Skippy's Vegetable Garden
A nice book for a new gardener or an old one - to sift thorough as we wait for the gardening season.
Bright, cheerful, and motivating…you will wonder why anyone would ever hesitate to grow a few edibles even if they have only a fire escape or deck.
Whether you've got a porch or just a windowsill, Heavy Petal blogger Andrea Bellamy has you covered—her Sugar Snaps and Strawberries is an accessible, comprehensive guide to small-space gardening.