18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2012
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.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2013
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2013
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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2013
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2013
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2014
It doesn’t get any more fresh, local and organic than this – flowers and produce grown on your own balcony or rooftop. Alex Mitchell is the English garden writer (Sunday Telegraph) and crusading gardener who has published this very interesting and highly entertaining book on making good use of very small spaces. Not everyone, after all, has broad acres of sunny garden space, but everyone wants to live well and eat well.
The reasons for balcony gardening are several and compelling, starting with the best and most important ones: because you want to and it’s just plain fun. More serious reasons are that it transforms often bare and ugly spots into attractive areas bursting with fresh life. The produce it yields is local and organic, it is riper, tastes better and is better for you. Did you know the average bit of salad greenery from the grocery store traveled 1400 miles to reach your plate, and are you OK with that? I, for one, am not. Balcony and rooftop gardens keep cities cooler, reduce air and noise pollution, help control rainwater runoff, and provide habitat diversity where it is sorely needed. And, a bonus, most such gardens are out of the reach of many destructive pests like snails and slugs.
There are two more reasons for this kind of gardening. First, it is important for every person to have a connection to the land and space we inhabit, and for that land and space to feed us, not just literally but figuratively as well, and this is especially true for urban children. Even if it is only a simple herb garden, that cup of mint tea of that bit of basil in our salad is an essential connection between us and where we live. Second, and this is an important reason to read this book even if you do not propose to raise a balcony garden, it teaches the gardener the discipline of using space wisely and treating a wholesome, sunny growing space for the precious commodity it is. The discipline of space conservation is a quality every gardener should cultivate.
Mitchell’s book is filled with practical advice and simple how-to projects to transform small spaces into tiny kitchen gardens, fragrant herbariums and blooming bowers. The pictures couldn’t be more charming and the text is spare and straight-forward. Among the ideas I found especially appealing were rooftop beekeeping; producing prolific salad greens and cutting herbs; growing robust and useful things like your own garlic, basil and rosemary; making use of even vertical space with grape vines and similar climbers, and so on. This book focuses on edible plants and produce, but obviously much can also be made of flowers in small spaces.
Urban gardening in small, wasted spaces is good for the environment, good for your family’s table and, above all, good for the soul. Check out this inspiring book and you will find yourself teeming with creative ideas and inventive ways of thinking about and then using the space around you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2013
A pretty book with little helpful information. It did have some unique ideas, such as bee-keeping on a Parisian balcony. Most ideas were unoriginal, unless one has never read a book on gardening, before. Would not have bought it if I had seen it in person, first.