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Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener's Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

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    A locavore's delight

    You can't get much more local than your patio, and urban gardening enthusiast Ruppenthal looks after your pennies like they were his own. This slim volume is jam-packed with space and money-saving organic ideas, from the eminently practical to the slightly over-the-top.

    "A chicken coop or honeybee hive can fit on a sidewalk, a patch of lawn, or even a balcony.."

    In no time he'll have you growing sprouts on top of the refrigerator, mushrooms under the sink and making yogurt on your countertop. And this is in addition to all those delicious tomatoes, fruit trees, berries, cukes and beans you'll be growing in containers, trellises, and terraced plantings in former flower beds.

    Ruppenthal starts out with planning for your space, motivation, and light. He then delves deeply into soil mixes, making or adapting containers, seeds and transplants, fertilizer, timing, harvesting. Everything, in short, you need to get started. He doesn't hesitate to suggest other books he's found valuable and offers alternative ideas for gardeners of different skill levels, commitment and attitude.

    His enthusiasm is infectious and often dryly amusing. The microwave, for instance, is a handy gardening tool. "If anyone else in your household might object to cooking sawdust in the kitchen, then you might want to try this step when no one else is at home." His sneaky, hidden compost pile is nothing short of ingenious.

    Not just for the beginner, this quirky highly informative gardener's treat has ideas for every gardener, all of them direct from Ruppenthal's personal experience.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

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    Great source of inspiration

    I recently decided to start growing a larger percentage of my own foods and to make an effort to eat more local foods. This book is a great guide for the beginner - it gives an intro into the crops, methodology, a small project for some crops, and ends with sources for the items discussed in the book.

    The only thing negative I could think of about this book is that it doesn't go very in depth about certain things like raising meat or honeybees, but it did give some info, several ideas and a list of resources if you are intrested. Overall I think this book was a worthwhile investment and it has become a part of my permanent book shelf, if for no other reason than the list of resources.

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