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About the Author

Alex Mitchell is a writer and gardener who has grown her own fruits, vegetables, and herbs for ten years. She is a former gardening columnist for the Sunday Telegraph and the author of The Girl's Guide to Growing Your Own, a book for women with busy lives who want to have fun growing produce no matter how small their space. She lives in London.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609614100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609614102
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love The Edible Balcony: Growing Fresh Produce in Small Spaces. I do not know how they got so much information and so many beautiful photographs packed into this one single awesome reference. Everything but the kitchen sink is covered:
Why should I grow food on my balcony?
Planning your piece of the edible sky
Design Basics
Pot Choice
Best crops for grow bags, window box, hanging baskets, city farming, a windy balcony, raised beds, scarce water supply, shade, fruit tree orchard, heat, exotic, forest roof garden, and futuristic balcony
Easiest crops
Crops that give alot back
Potting Mix and plant food
How to Make it personal
Bee-keeping
How to make your crops work hard so you don't have to
Highly sustainable - worm farming, storing rainwater,
Vertical farming
Hydroponics
Pests & diseases
Recommended suppliers

There are projects:
Peas and sweet peas in a wicker basket
Beets in a bread box
Colorful zucchini in a top drawer
Utilizing a hat rack as a trellis
Colander of tomatoes and nasturtiums
Utilizing reclaimed shoe hanger over over-door organizer
Utilizing balcony railings as trellis
How to make your own simple self-watering container for free
Using recycled bottles as hanging planters
Using recycled bike tires as a planter
Make a scarlet runner bean tunnel

Inspirational gardens and ideas are covered. There are beautiful photographs on just about every page. Maybe it is a little short on the harvesting end; this book is more about the creative inspiration stage and optimizing your space to your personal taste.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Batista on November 26, 2012
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Too superficial - project details poor. This would be a good book to borrow from your local library, some interesting ideas, but it's not a keeper.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Callahan on February 15, 2013
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This book is full of delightful pictures of near perfect planters and balconies, but there is little usable information for someone serious about setting up a balcony/deck garden area.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AdhesiveRaptor on May 14, 2013
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It includes what to plant, what containers, how-to and everything you need to plant on your balcony. I'm a novice and I'm having a lot of fun with it. So glad I got it. I'm already starting to see lettuce, garlic, onions, strawberries, peas, parsley, tomatoes and sunflowers and zinnias popping up on my little balcony in northern Ohio! Surprisingly, some are in pots and some in plastic bags!

Must have. Great purchase.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nan McGuire on February 23, 2013
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The pictures are beautiful and the suggestions for containers are fun. Lots of clever ways to grow stuff, but I need a more hands on - 1st do this, and 2nd do this - type information.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Starfox Sue on December 31, 2013
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Not quiet enough details give for completely novice gardeners. I really wanted more of a 1,2,3 A,B,C book. This is more suited to those that have a little bit of experience or a little bit more help.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Littlmystri1 on January 22, 2013
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This book is full of beautiful pictures and wonderful ideas. This book has inspired me to plant in more decorative ways. I am always on the look out for new unique flower pots but they can be expensive. This book shows all sorts of containers and things that can be used as planters. I now pick up containers second hand that seemed useless before but now I turn them into beautiful growing containers. They are unique and inexpensive. This book also covers which plants to grow where and plants that can be grown in shade. She discusses herbs and all the types of vegetables that would be good in smaller containers with gorgeous pictures to go along with it.

Sometimes I just look through the book at night before I go to bed to help take my mind off my day and help me relax and sleep easier. If you are looking for a book to inspire you to grow veggies & fruits in a small space you will enjoy this book. There are many ideas to get you motivated to grow plants in ways you might have thought not possible.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Drew Eldridge on May 16, 2012
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Good introductory book that gave me some new ideas for my balcony. Until now I have only done herbs and tomatoes but am going to branch out more this summer
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