Best Audience: Beginning gardeners and folks who are gardening in urban and other areas where space for growing is limited plus folks beyond beginners who want to explore container gardening or want to expand beyond a standard veggie garden to include fruits, herbs, and landscaping in their practice
I picked up Small-Space Vegetable Gardens: Growing Great Edibles in Containers, Raised Beds, and Small Plots by Andrea Bellamy amid the Housing Crisis of 2016, when my family was catapulted into buying our rental home. Happily, we were able to buy. Right about the time we had most of the details worked out we happened to run across this title at a Down to Earth, a local garden shop. I bought it on a whim, to be perfectly honest.
I have gardened off and on for years. My family grew vegetable gardens as far back as I can remember, as did my grandparents and many of my great aunts and uncles. Despite all of that collective knowledge and experience, I’ve been stymied by the process more often than not. When I picked up Small-Space Vegetable Gardens: Growing Great Edibles in Containers, Raised Beds, and Small Plots, I was expecting to get a refresher on basic vegetable gardening with some ideas of how to make container growing more effective.
What I didn’t expect was to get answers to some of my more perennial questions, like how and when to prune the cherry tree I received from a friend (and planted in my newly purchased yard), or ideas for planting any garden with aesthetic and practical ends in mind. Imagine my sheer delight when, on a cold January evening, I ran across just that sort of stuff. Andrea has done a wonderful job of including a broad selection of topics and approaches to gardening that folk working in small or even mid-sized garden spaces can use. She offers ideas that can blend beautifully into a suburban or urban environment, particularly if you’re concerned about wanting your gardening efforts to produce tasty food and win the hearts of your neighbors.
The best part is that she explains the whys of each suggestion. I learned a lot and gained a more solid understanding on why some of the stuff I’ve tried in the past has worked…and what it hasn’t. That alone makes Small-Space Vegetable Gardens: Growing Great Edibles in Containers, Raised Beds, and Small Plots by Andrea Bellamy worth it’s weight in gold in my home!
The Bottom Line: Small-Space Vegetable Gardens: Growing Great Edibles in Containers, Raised Beds, and Small Plots by Andrea Bellamy has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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