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Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden Paperback – January 1, 2011
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She combined her love of writing and gardening when she began writing features for home and garden publications. After a stint as assistant editor at a Vancouver-based gardening magazine, she launched Heavy Petal to answer the need for a gardening blog that spoke to a new generation of gardeners. The site has been featured in Canadian Gardening and Sunset magazines and has been noted by online tastemakers Apartment Therapy, Treehugger, Design*Sponge, and Decor8.
Andrea is involved in community garden advocacy and community-based food security. On her own small third-floor balcony, she grows a wide range of edibles including tomatoes, potatoes, shiitake mushrooms, and saffron crocuses. She is an active guerrilla gardener and a proud steward of a plot in her local community garden. She lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and daughter.
Top Customer Reviews
One of my favorite parts of garden books are the pictures, and Sugar Snaps and Strawberries does not disappoint! The photos are beautiful, and inspiring, but they're also real, and attainable. You look at them and think "I can do this!" Another visually appealing aspect of this book is the overall design, it looks like a crafty person's scrapbook and makes the book feel very approachable.
The next thing on my list of requirements for a gardening book is actionable information that I can implement right away. Even though I've been gardening in one form or another for close to twenty years, I felt refreshed and re-inspired by Andrea's advice. I really appreciated the sidebars sprinkled throughout the book with quick "hey, try this" sort of tips. For example, on page 19, Andrea made a list of easy-to-digest info on making an edible garden beautiful, with ideas like "Aim for a variety of leaf shapes in your planting. Contrast crinkly leafed chard with fern like carrots and large leafed squashes with tall, slim straps of leeks."
Andrea really does a great job of holding your hand as you create your vegetable garden, but respects you enough to point you towards a vegetable garden that is just as pretty as any flower bed. Someone who has never gardened before can pick this book up, follow Andrea's advice, and be very successful. And those of us who have grown a tomato or two in our lives will find plenty of great ideas and advice to keep us flipping to the next page.Read more ›
For example, there is a partial photograph of a raised bed that is domed by some chicken wire. The caption reads, "Dissuade larger pest such as cats from digging in newly cultivated beds by covering them with chicken wire or by keeping exposed soil frequently watered--they seem to prefer digging in dry beds." Believe me, in the past there has been no love lost between me and my neighbor's cat.
This book, which is conversational in nature, will especially appeal to the beginning gardener. The first chapter will help you explore you "garden style." One might find beauty and utility in a weathered gallon can of crushed tomatoes or might be interested in tucking red cabbage along the edges of an ornamental garden. Bellamy lays out several considerations you'll have to keep in mind when you design your "edible garden." For example you might want to think about a "few key design principles [that] can help you create a gorgeous edible garden." No, they aren't laid out in detail, but rather are tossed out for you to think about. After all, only you know what you have to work with and what appeals to you.Read more ›
Full of wisdom and gorgeous photos, and packaged in an attractive design, this book is worth every penny. Actually, come to think of it, for the cost of a bag of Farmer's Market veggies, this is the best investment you will make in your garden and your future food supply.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disclaimer - I am by no means a seasoned gardner, but I've read out a lot highly rated gardening books recently, and a lot of them are kind of bland reads and I didn't feel like I... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great book full of awesome ideas. Shipped fast and looks brand newPublished 13 months ago by canongirl
A very basic book with useful information and lovely photography. I would make a great gift for that friend who wants to grow a green thumb.Published on September 10, 2013 by Kathleen Meadows
Very useful book, with details about about each kind of plants, and also about the big picture issues: how to plan your garden,Published on August 18, 2013 by D. A. Robinson
Sugar Snaps and Strawberries is a good book for beginners and a good refresher course for those of us who have been gardening for a while. Read morePublished on July 18, 2013 by J. Hogan
The book is an easy read and has some good ideas for setting up gardens in small spaces. I got what I was looking for.Published on May 24, 2013 by Patricia Lindsay
this was the 2nd book i ordered, as a gift for someone. I love it and have used over and over for my raised beds in garden.Published on December 5, 2012 by cmtregenza
I purchased this book as a gift...for a fellow gardener and lover of pretty garden books...she hasn't had a chance to read it but has browsed its pages and admired its lovely... Read morePublished on March 6, 2012 by Rebecca Ann