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Small-Space Vegetable Gardens: Growing Great Edibles in Containers, Raised Beds, and Small Plots Paperback – December 31, 2014
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“A must-have handbook for edible gardeners! Bellamy shows us that small can be beautiful and productive.” —Willi Galloway, award-winning writer, radio commentator, and author of Grow, Eat, Cook: A Food Lover’s Guide to Vegetable Gardening
“With Andrea’s expert guidance, see how easy it is to tend vegetables, fruit, and herbs right outside your back door.” —Dee Nash, author of The 20–30 Something Garden Guide
“Bellamy provides an A–Z (apples to zucchini) guide to edibles and many ancillary sources of information, all accompanied by delightful illustrations and scrumptious color photographs to create a one-stop guide to vegetable gardens sure to encourage and please many aspiring and veteran gardeners.” —Booklist
“A comprehensive guide to starting out when space in your garden is limited.” —Gardens Illustrated
“This hardworking and enthusiastic guide teaches gardeners how to take advantage of the space they have to create the food garden of their dreams.” —Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland
“This guide to urban vegetable growing provides insight into how to make the most of any space, no matter how small. Answering all the questions you’ve ever had about urban vegetable growing. . . . Small-Space VegetableGardens is a great beginners guide for anyone who doesn’t think urban living means you have to miss out on home-grown produce.” —Landlove
From the Back Cover
Grow your own delicious food in any space—no matter how small. Andrea Bellamy, of the award-winning blog Heavy Petal, shares a wealth of knowledge from years of gardening small. Learn how to plan and build your garden—on balconies, in raised beds, up walls, across parking strips, and more—as well as how to sow, grow, and harvest an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables all season long. With a comprehensive A to Z of edibles, including the best small-space varieties, and scores of photos that show creative and surprising solutions to limited growing space, this guide is filled with the hardworking information every small-space gardener craves.
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Top Customer Reviews
So many books about gardening assume that you have a large base of knowledge. I don't. Or at least I didn't before this book. It goes through every possible situation from true shade to part sun to full sun. From window boxes up to a whole back (or front) yard. With this book, I felt confident enough to plan my garden for this coming spring. I have the knowledge to make a great foray into gardening like I haven't had the guts to do before.
Even for the more experienced gardener, the alphabetical listing of vegetable types along with when, where, and how to plant them, would be very helpful. Overall, a wonderful book for the beginner gardener!
The main problem on a deck (I’m in Maui at 3,000 feet) is the fact that the containers will dry out quickly because of the sun and wind. Bellamy’s book concentrates on the needs and concerns of the temperate zone gardener of the United States and Canada but, yes, she knows about containers drying out. She also knows about building soil for small spaces, on the ground, in containers, in raised beds and small shaded spaces along walls, fences and overhangs.
The book is readable, beautifully and lavishly illustrated with many colorful photos that depict veggies growing as works of art. (Bellamy has a certificate in garden design from the University of British Columbia!) As in other vegetable gardening books you’ll find advice and guidance on everything from fertilizing, composting, planting seeds, transplanting, insects and other pests and what to do about them, watering, and harvesting. You might be surprised at how much can be grown in small spaces.
--Dennis Littrell, author of “The World Is Not as We Think It Is”