- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (January 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118340353
- ISBN-13: 978-1118340356
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
- Make the most of limited space with vertical growing tips, rooftop gardens, and more
- Add beauty and color to your landscape with annuals, perennials, and bulbs
- Grow the freshest, healthiest produce possible
The easy way to succeed at urban gardening
A townhouse yard, a balcony, a south-facing window even a small inner-city apartment can be a suitable location to grow some yummy edibles, develop a colorful flower garden, or create an outdoor room. Urban Gardening For Dummies helps you make the most of what you have through the use of proven small-space gardening techniques that allow gardeners to maximize their use of urban spaces.
Open the book and find:
- The many benefits of urban gardening
- Tips on planting annual plants and veggies, trees and shrubs, and perennial flowers
- The 4-1-1 on community gardening and urban farming
- How to create an outdoor room
- The scoop on using fertilizers
- Techniques for container and vertical gardening
- Composting tips and soil growing
- Tricks for keeping weeds and pests at bay
About the Author
Paul Simon is a nationally recognized landscape architect, public artist, horticulturist, master gardener, and urban designer.
Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, and radio and television personality.
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Why should you urban garden? (reduce pollution, improve the neighborhood
Vertical gardening (trellis, arbor, pergola, teepee)
Green walls (ooo! I'd love to try this!)
Community gardening - including growing stuff on unused public land!
Growing flowers, roses and bulbs
Lawns and ground covers
My favorite section: 10 ways to garden with kids!
One of the most intriguing sections is creating an outdoor room! We have a big, tiered back yard with a metal arbor but it is barren and scraggly and there are 4 dead trees. I would love to use this section to set up a lovely space with watering systems and a green play area for our son! This talks about creating focal elements, contrast, surprises, and using water features and wind chimes. It also talks about repurposing garage sale finds and garbage like cans, cardboard, used coffee filters, milk jugs, and toilet paper tubes into truly useful items for the garden! Free stuff and less garbage - yes!
My absolute favorite idea in the book was one of the last ones - a "sunflower house" for your child! You grow a ring of sunflowers, tie them together at the top, and you have a little playhouse! How cute, and so easy!!! This is in a section of their top 10 kid gardening ideas which I love! I want to get my son involved in vegetable gardening because (my theory is) this will make him excited about eating vegetables!
One way they could improve this book is more illustrations and diagrams. This would break up all the heavy information a bit. There are also no photos, and I would have liked to see an example of an outdoor room and their other big concepts. Please note this book has no info on keeping any animals - it's just gardening. Overall I highly recommend this for starting or improving an urban garden at your home or in the community!
I'm a city dweller, with a modest patch of hardpan dirt around my building, so a few tips on how to green things up are always welcome. I thought this was a pretty good overview of how to get started, with tips on how to build up soil, create box gardens, raise beds, fend off critters and provide sun or shade as needed. The tone of the writing is pretty straightforward and the graphics are okay (although more explicit diagramming might be nice in some cases) and the information seems pretty solid, although I'm sure there are more in-depth sources to be found, particularly online. It reminds me of the old Whole Earth Catalog books I used to see as a kid. There's a greater emphasis on aesthetics -- in planting and planning out the appearance of the garden as well as finding hip-looking gardening clothes -- than I am generally concerned with. When I think, "urban gardening" it conjures up raising food crops rather than trellised flowers and contoured pathways, but maybe that's just because I'm a big lug and I like the idea of growing my own apricots and kale, more than doing the whole English tea garden kind of thing.
I haven't had the book long enough to test its recommendations through a whole season of cultivation, but it seems like a well-rounded book, and I'm eager to apply its commonsense suggestions. Like many how-to guides, it's probably best used in conjunction with other resources -- and with personal experience -- you never know what's going to happen in your garden until it happens. If everything works out, I'll have you all over for kale chips sometime next spring! (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue book reviews)
Urban gardening is hot right now, with failed cities like Detroit turning back into farmland, and lots of bytes spilled about climate change. Environmentalists mostly live in cities. Although we really care about the environment, we find it inconvenient to actually live in it. So we can grow lots of stuff in our tiny plots of yard, porches, balconies or windows. This is the right book for getting started, telling you what you can grow, where to put it, and how to tend it. It assumes no prior knowledge. If you have lots of prior knowledge then you should not buy this book: it is mostly concerned with the basics.
I like this book series because they offer quality at a reasonable price: good, informal writing, excellent organization, instructions I can understand, and a sense of humor. These are not page-turners, unless you are really into the subject. Nor do they have pictures. I have several expensive gardening books full of nice pictures, but they didn't tell me what I needed to know. Now they sit on a shelf, waiting to be donated to the friends of the local library. My Dummies book is already getting dog-eared. That is why it deserves five stars.