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This upbeat manual for aspiring urban gardeners features a gritty but whimsical, graphic-heavy, reader-friendly layout and a 21st-century attitude that will appeal to a younger generation of gardeners intrigued by the idea of growing their own food while living in the city. Chapters on planning a city "farm" (which Taylor likens to the more modestly titled kitchen and victory gardens), intensive growing with vertical plantings, and seed starting lay out the basics in a welcoming, unintimidating manner. Discussions of preserving food and urban farm husbandry, from chickens to bees, as well as detailed information on growing a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, edible flowers, and herbs, are thorough enough to be useful and realistic. Numerous sidebars and boxes feature supplementary information as diverse as designing with children's propensity for jumping over plant beds in mind (make them narrow so the kids won't land in the middle of the bed) and recipes for exotic treats like green tomato muffins and calendula salve. Abundant, clear drawings, from oversized illustrations of insects to plans for hoop houses and beehives, make up for the lack of photographs. (Mar.)
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About the Author

Seattle Tilth is a nationally recognized non-profit organization that cultivates a healthy urban environment and community by teaching people to grow organic food and conserve natural resources.  Programs include classes for adults, children and families, community learning gardens, a Master Composter volunteer education and outreach program, a free Garden Hotline, an urban livestock program, community events, and an active volunteer corps. 

Lisa Taylor is the Education Program Manager for Seattle Tilth.  She is a co-author of the Maritime Northwest Garden Guide and a frequent speaker on soils, compost, edible landscaping and children's gardening.  She facilitates training for teachers and others interested in schoolyard gardening and is passionate about teaching children and their parents where their food comes from and how to care for living things.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal (February 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579128629
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579128623
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an amazing book those of us starting out!
Finally someone has taken the time to address the, "How do I even start?" perspective!

It's great to be a garden enthusiast, but, how wonderful that THIS book will help those of us who AREN'T!

I want to grow my own food- but, to start, I don't need to know every single thing that there is to know about the world of growing food.
Perhaps I will become more interested along the way, but, right now I just want to get some food from my backyard without having to read a GIANT book or take some time consuming class.

Thank you to the author for her effort to create a book that helps me figure out:
What to plant- where to plant- what to buy (and not buy) and what kinds of critters I may want to (eventually) invite to live amongst my azaleas and Rhoddies!

I also appreciate that I can read this book in small doses in- between the zillion other things I need to do in my life!

When reading this book, I feel as though the author is talking RIGHT TO ME!
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I live in the northwest. I actually live in the country, but I know little about agriculture. This book makes growing things so simple and FUN! I started my first garden last year and harvested the best tasting tomatoes I've ever had! I'm lucky to have a lot of space for a garden, but this book has so many alternatives for every lifestyle! This book teaches you how to keep your soil healthy, and if you don't have space for a garden, no sweat! It has lots of tips for growing plants in raised beds and pots, even window gardens! If you are going to read any gardening book, read this.
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I clicked on the Review and read both the "most helpful favorable review" and the "most helpful critical review". IMHO I thought they were essentially saying the same things but placed two opposing value on it. I am not an expert but have maintained my 3 bushes of blueberries for several years, do my composting and what not so i would call my self "associate intermediate beginner on probation". I thought enough topics were covered in this book to give the reader some "food for thought" in case they want to learn more about something. Just as another reviewr said, a beginner may not even know where to start, may not even know what keywords to google. but this book covers many topics in coloful "desginer" layout for total novice so they can discover concepts they couldn't even think of. from there, they can further their research in pursuit of the science behind whatever topic it is they are interested in, may it be composting, wormbins, chicken coup, etc. But as such, i would claissfy this book as a "library book" (it's usefulness will last a couple of weeks) as opposed to an "Amazon book" (reference book i would want to own to keep referring back to for years) because its usefulness will fadeaway as quickly as 5~10 minutes on google. But because i thought it was a great starting point for beginners, easy read and had pretty layout so i give this book 4 stars.
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Author Lisa Taylor wants as many people as possible to become farming magicians, transforming even a few feet of urban soil and sun into a backyard, porch or patio farm.

From raising worms and strawberries to cultivating all the ingredients for a gourmet salad, this nifty guidebook has easy to understand instructions as well as answers to the most common challenges urban farmers face.

Why drive to your local Farmer's Market when you can just walk a few feet and pick your own fresh produce. Your Farm in the City shows you how.
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this was a wedding gift for a dear friend. I had read it and thought it was super cute, well written and thought out. Some books on this subject matter go way overboard. I mean, most of us just want to hobby garden and have a few chickens, we don't need an entire chapter on how to turn rendered bacon fat from our hog into soap or how to build a chicken castle out of recycled kefir containers. This book has wonderful simple and useful advice. Buy it!
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I borrowed this book from the library, I read it from cover to cover. I'm going to buy it to actually add it to my collection. It's a very practical and informative guide to getting started farming on a smaller yet productive scale.
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I love this book! It is simple to read and has a fun layout. It gives all the basics, and even as a somewhat experienced farmer I still reflect back on it. I've even encouraged friends to purchase it, which didn't take much encouraging.
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By Bluewaver on September 20, 2011
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Found this book at the supermarket while visiting Seattle. Ummm..... wow! This is one of the best urban homesteading books I've found. So in depth and answers many of the questions other books neglect. Great read, great price.
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