Bountiful Container: How to Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers

Bountiful Container: How to Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers

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by Rose Marie Nichols McGee, Maggie Stuckey, Michael A. Hill
     
 

With few exceptions-such as corn and pumpkins-everything edible that's grown in a traditional garden can be raised in a container. And with only one exception-watering-container gardening is a whole lot easier. Beginning with the down-to-earth basics of soil, sun and water, fertilizer, seeds and propagation, The Bountiful Container is an extraordinarily

Overview

With few exceptions-such as corn and pumpkins-everything edible that's grown in a traditional garden can be raised in a container. And with only one exception-watering-container gardening is a whole lot easier. Beginning with the down-to-earth basics of soil, sun and water, fertilizer, seeds and propagation, The Bountiful Container is an extraordinarily complete, plant-by-plant guide.

Written by two seasoned container gardeners and writers, The Bountiful Container covers Vegetables-not just tomatoes (17 varieties) and peppers (19 varieties), butharicots verts, fava beans, Thumbelina carrots, Chioggia beets, and sugarsnap peas. Herbs, from basil to thyme, and including bay leaves, fennel, and saffron crocus. Edible Flowers, such as begonias, calendula, pansies, violets, and roses. And perhaps most surprising, Fruits, including apples, peaches, Meyer lemons, blueberries, currants, and figs-yes, even in the colder parts of the country. (Another benefit of container gardening: You can bring the less hardy perennials in over the winter.) There are theme gardens (an Italian cook's garden, a Four Seasons garden), lists of sources, and dozens of sidebars on everything from how to be a human honeybee to seeds that are All America Selections.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 02/01/2014
For those whose urban gardening is confined to pots, this comprehensive volume covers the basics of space, soil, and seeds.
Publishers Weekly
McGee (Basic Herb Cookery) and veteran gardening writer Stuckey (Gardening from the Ground Up) share their expertise and experience in the art of container gardening. Armed with this manual, frustrated apartment dwellers can indulge their passion for growing edible things. If there is an available balcony, porch, front or back steps, according to the authors, growing produce in containers can be easy and rewarding. With some limitations, it is even possible to grow foods in a window box or on an indoor windowsill. This compendium of practical advice includes detailed information on the types of containers to use, equipment needed, the right soil, when to plant which seeds and how best to deal with problems such as too much or too little sunlight. They also explain more sophisticated techniques like succession planting, whereby ongoing seasonal planting takes place in the same container. This can yield a harvest of peas in early summer, tomatoes in late summer to early fall and kale that will grow into winter. Included are mouth-watering recipes for harvested container crops. Written for the beginner as well as for those with a background in gardening, McGee and Stuckey's directions are comprehensive, clearly written and frequently inspiring. Illus. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761116233
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
357,608
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

Maggie Stuckey is a writer who grows vegetables and cooks up a storm in her Portland, Oregon, home. The author of The Bountiful Container and seven other books on gardening and horticulture, she is happiest when tending her vegetable garden and using the outcome to create new soups.

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Bountiful Container 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just started the process of learning more about gardening--vegetable gardening in particular. This book was wonderful for me. They give you ideas for questions to ask yourself as you go through the steps of planning a good container garden. My one problem is that I live in Arizona which makes general books like this to follow to the letter--our summers are not like the ones typically discussed in this book. So I am still looking for information about vegetable gardening in Arizona in particular. But for what I needed--general information about vegetable gardening in containers--this book was spot on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is now my favorite garden reference. It makes easy gardening realistic for all of us, whether we have a full yard or a tiny patio. It is a practical, well-written book, and gets results. Whatever your favorite fruits or vegetables, they totally instruct what to do from planting to harvest. If you are going to grow and tend plants, why not eat what you grow!
602jewels More than 1 year ago
The call this book "the bible for small space gardeners" for a reason. I use this book frequently. I am new to container gardening and this book has started me on my way to a successful container garden. Also has helpful ideas on plants that compliment in each other visually for appealing containers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is really the 'Bible' of container gardening. It's packed with tips and creative ideas, as well as facts about soil, pH, sun/water requirements, soil depths, etc. for a wide number of plants. They even tell you cultivars that are more appropriate for container gardening and whether certain plants should be started indoors 'and when', bought as plants or started as seeds, how to trim roots and prune trees/plants, how to transplant, feeding schedules, how to mix custom soil for your specific plants, how to make your garden aesthetically pleasing, etc. etc. etc... Very, VERY helpful book with inspiring ideas. I only had it for about 3 weeks from the library and now I am buying it. Great read, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of my first container gardening books and it is destined to be my last! Everything you could ever want to grow (and eat) in a container is in this book. The authors give fail proof direction from planning which containers and plants to use to what is the best soil and container placement for maximum results to...just everything. I haven't found a hole yet! Great for the newbie container gardener!
Grandmas_Garden More than 1 year ago
I'm an avid gardener who gave this book to help a beginner get started. The book was informative and would be a worthwhile addition even to my own library. I try to keep my library small; but this book is worth it's space.
GreenThumb44 More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! If you can't learn to grow a veggie garden with the help of this book you might want to try another hobby! The information is written everyone, beginners to old pros. Easy to read and full of useful tips with a bit of humor thrown in for everyone's enjoyment. Thank you Rose Marie and Maggie.
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Lady4Yeshua More than 1 year ago
this is the book for you. I live in a condo and want to start growning some of my own veggies. This book had all the info I needed. Very comprehensive! I highly recommend this book if you are just getting started in container gardening. I can't wait for summer; let the experimenting begin!
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JoAnnR More than 1 year ago
this book is full of helpful information to use everyday in storing and using your garden harvest. I use it often.
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