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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so great for the beginner gardener, March 1, 2010
This review is from: Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces (Paperback)
So you're like me: you have a small, but comfortable apartment and you want to have some greenery to spruce things up. A practical soul, you don't just want flowers. You want to be able to grow your own herbs and vegetables, and look forward to your windows popping with color in the summer. But this is your first real foray into the world of container gardening.

This book is not your bible.

While it is beautifully composed, and contains a helpful chapter about canning, there is a distinct lack of real facts and procedures. In short: this is an impratical book. Questions about drainage, how to compose your garden, or how to trellis are barely answered. While the sections on individual produce to grow are inticing, they lack the information you need to really make a go at things. This book can be a good starter, but only when complemented with other, more in depth books, and a good gardening center that can guide you through the practical steps.

As an alternatives, try McGee and Stuckey's The Bountiful Container. Less pretty picture, but far more useful information.
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Initial post: Jul 13, 2011 7:51:09 PM PDT
Well said! My feelings exactly--even the comment re McGee and Stuckey.

Posted on May 7, 2012 4:38:07 PM PDT
Kathryn Rath says:
You would probably also be served well by getting her first book, You Grow Girl. There's more basic information there.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 11:08:05 AM PDT
N. Soncini says:
If you are having trouble with ideas for trellising and such, I would recommend Vertical Gardening by Derek Fell.
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