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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605290831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605290836
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

DEREK FELL is a writer and photographer. His garden, art, and travel books have more than 2.5 million copies in print, and his photo library numbers more than 150,000 images. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, at historic Cedaridge Farm, where he cultivates an award-winning garden of flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

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The book is very informative and has the easy understanding read .
D. Gates
I have a very limited space in my garden and this book has tons of great ideas on how to make the best of your space.
Michael R. Thompson
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is just starting gardening or an expert and everyone in between.
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264 of 269 people found the following review helpful By C. Fowlkes on May 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
Howdy, I garden..too much some say... close to 2 acres of intensive vegetable beds in Vietnam, so I'm always growing 12 months a year
I own just about every gardening book amazon sells, Most books are good for a few Ideas and that's fine
but this book goes into great detail on vertical gardening with some very thorough explanations for vegetables and flowers and many different ways to go about it.
He also gives an honest interpretation of heirlooms and hybrids seeds, I love heirlooms but hybrids get an unnecessary bad rap these days from misinformation.
the author clears that up nicely, he also mentions some varieties that have worked very well for him(Always appreciated)That along with a new Compost tea recipe that I've never seen anywhere else and won't have you going nuts trying to find the ingredients as well as Some very Good and NEW info makes this an easy 5 stars, I'll be changing existing beds and putting up new vertical Beds from the info provided in this book.
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229 of 244 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Maurer on May 31, 2011
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I expected this book to focus on making/buying and using vertical structures in the garden, and was disappointed. Only 30 pages or so cover vertical structures, there are no details for making your own, and most of the ideas were familiar ones. Much of the book covers general gardening topics, like seed starting and compost-making, at a VERY superficial level. There is a good section about which types of plants and varieties grow vertically. This might be a decent book for an absolute beginning gardener who is limited to a small space and currently knows very little about gardening or plants' growing habits. Given the disconnect between my expectations and the actual contents, I returned the book.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By AmbersFinder on September 25, 2011
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I've been a home gardener for several years now and I've read lots of gardening books. Most of the books I read now seem to tread over the same info I've already read or discovered on my own. They all seem to be designed for a beginning gardener who needs to know the most basic info about gardening. I still read these books because I like reading about gardening and looking at pictures of plants. This book actually seems to be well thought out and have tips and tricks for an intermediate level gardener. The focus is on vertical gardening, but it has lots of other content too.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Philbert on May 3, 2011
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The book gives some very good information for gardeners. The author does not give too many specifications and measurements for building some of the equipment, which would help in building your own.
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Everyone who has a yearly garden has attempted pole beans at one time or another, but seldom thinks about the possibility of trying the same thing with spaghetti squash ('vegetable spaghetti'). Derek Fell rates this particular squash "as one of the easiest vegetables to grow vertically from seed," and, if you are selling your produce, one of the more profitable. This book by no means attempts to guide one or give plans as to how to make trellises or other vertical gardening accessories such as arches. These items are commonly sold in gardening supply stores or even at your local hardware store. If you are interested in making them, you need to look elsewhere. This book is all about Fell's experience with vertical gardening, one in which he shares his tried and true methods with us.

Once I got the drift of what this book was and was not about, I was amazed at the amount of information tucked inside these pages. Yes, trellises and arches are discussed. I learned where to best incorporate them in my garden and what plants grow best on them. For example, "simple arches are ideal to support quick-growing annuals like ornamental gourds and morning glories, but you should not use them for aggressive vines like wisteria." A brief textual and visual lesson shows you how vines actually climb, something you'll definitely want to be aware of when you go vertical. Planters and supports systems include bamboo supports, builder's wire,
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Gone2lunch VINE VOICE on May 28, 2011
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This is a good, interesting resource. However, don't expect a riveting read. It is just a Puritan-ethical serious as you might think. The illustrations tend to look a little ramshackle (i.e. the neighbors would b!tch), but the principles are great and could easily be used in dressier, more neighbor-friendly ways. There are some pretty unsubtle pitches for the author's own hardscape products, which was a little bit offputting, but on the whole this is a good idea book. After all, no one is ever going to write a book about how best to use my specific garden in my particular neighborhood! I would say this is a better book for promoting thoughts about vertical gardening than for adoptng as verbatim recommendations, but after all, creativity is the fun part of gardening! I do feel that I need to say that if anyone is considering purchasing it specifically for information about the potato-tomato plant as I did, it isn't the book you want; the idea here is growing one up and one down to support each other, not to grow a fantastically useful hybrid.
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