From Container to Kitchen: Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Pots [NOOK Book]

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More and more people are recognizing the need for nutritious, local, sustainable food, but organic options can be costly, and the produce sections of most supermarkets are packed with fruits and vegetables that have racked up more frequent flier miles than a rock band on world tour. How can urban dwellers without ready access to fertile land enjoy the benefits of traditional gardening? And for those with a yard, how do you maximize the harvest of fresh, healthy edibles?

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From Container to Kitchen: Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Pots

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Overview

More and more people are recognizing the need for nutritious, local, sustainable food, but organic options can be costly, and the produce sections of most supermarkets are packed with fruits and vegetables that have racked up more frequent flier miles than a rock band on world tour. How can urban dwellers without ready access to fertile land enjoy the benefits of traditional gardening? And for those with a yard, how do you maximize the harvest of fresh, healthy edibles?

In From Container to Kitchen, D.J. Herda shows that there is a way. Written for the novice home gardener as well as the seasoned pro, this fully illustrated, comprehensive guide will show you how to save up to 70 percent on your produce bill by growing fruits and vegetables in pots. Topics include:

  • Selecting the right container size and location
  • Optimizing soil composition and nutrients
  • Managing light, water, and humidity
  • Choosing the best fruits and vegetables for container gardening
  • Eliminating pests and plant diseases naturally
  • Extending the harvest

Dig in to this bumper crop of container gardening tips and techniques and learn how to create your own moveable feast!

D.J. Herda is an award-winning freelance author, editor, and photojournalist who has written several thousand articles and more than eighty books, including Zen and the Art of Pond Building. He is an avid organic gardener and test grower and has been writing extensively about growing fruits and vegetables for over forty years.

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Editorial Reviews

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For those who find themselves in the “no yard” zone, but with a deep desire to garden and grow your own food…this book is a “must have!- Tina Wilson, Small Town Living

This book is designed for those residing in urban areas who wish to reap the benefits of organic, home gardening – without the convenience of a personal yard for cultivation. - ForeWord Reviews

D.J. Herda’s inspiring book From Container to Kitchen will not only have you rethinking lettuce over petunias for your containers this year, but also looking at just about anything as a possible container.
Herda’s light-hearted writing punctuated with self-deprecating humor and step-by-step instructions on everything from lighting to watering to bugs could imbue even the rankest beginner with confidence. - Bridget Otto, The Oregonian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550924442
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 875,728
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

D.J. Herda is the president of Vista Grande HOA, president of the American Society of Authors and Writers, Executive Editor of SCRIBE! Magazine, and freelance author, editor and photojournalist, who has two plays in production, several thousand articles, and more than 80 books, including Zen and the Art of Pond Building. D.J. lives in St. George, Utah.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Recipe for Success: Tomatoes 5

1 Gardening for Your Health 9

Recipe for Success: Lettuce 18

2 Gone to Pot 21

Recipe for Success: Cabbage 26

3 Why Containers? 29

Recipe for Success: Peas 33

4 Dressed for Success 35

Recipe for Success: Snap Beans 45

5 Matching Your Plants to Their Containers 47

Recipe for Success: Cucumber 52

6 Lighting the Way 55

Recipe for Success: Celery 66

7 Where To Grow 69

Recipe for Success: Dwarf Apple 76

8 Wet n' Wild! 79

Recipe for Success: Beets 88

9 The Right Stuff 91

Recipe for Success: Eggplant 95

10 From Alkaline to Acidic: The Magic of pH 99

Recipe for Success: Peppers 107

11 Food for Thought 111

Recipe for Success: Onions, Leeks, Shallots & Garlic 120

12 Cultivars, Hybrids and Varietals 123

Recipe for Success: Spinach 127

13 More than Just a Pretty Face: Companion Planting 131

Recipe for Success: Broccoli 140

14 Bugged! What To Do When the Extraterrestrials Attack 143

Recipe for Success: Dwarf Blueberry 154

15 Fungus Among Us: Wilt Thou No More 157

Recipe for Success: Dwarf Peach 163

16 Harvest Time and the Pickin' Is Easy 167

Recipe for Success: Dwarf Nectarine 174

17 Who Cares? Caring for Your Plants When You're Away 177

Recipe for Success: Dwarf Apricot 181

18 Special Steps for Fruiting Trees and Shrubs 185

Recipe for Success: Dwarf Banana 190

19 Pruning: The Kindest Cuts of All 193

Recipe for Success: Dwarf Pomegranate 203

20 Tools of the Trade 205

Recipe for Success: Strawberries 210

21 The Sky Is Falling: Battling Urban Pollution 213

Recipe for Success: Dwarf Fig 217

Resources 219

Notes 221

Index 223

About the Author 233

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    Disapointed... but good read

    The cover shows some great pictures with a lot of color. I purchase it on my nook color and the very few pictures that there are, are in black and white! I wish I could have previewed the book first, but that option was not available... I am sooo disapointed!

    However, the content is well put together. It would have recieved a better review from me if it had more pictures and if they were in color. I feel this is important for a gardening book in order to show detail and have a visual for those who need one.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    Growing Organic Crops on Your Own Patio

    Noting the increasing acceptability of the idea of growing edible plants in containers, internationally renowned master grower D. J. Herda sets out in From Container to Kitchen: Growing Fruits and Vegetables in Pots to explore which fruits and vegetables grow best in pots, which varieties outperform their less robust cousins, how to plant and nurture your crops from planting to harvest, how to build your own best recipe for gardening success and how best to get the message out to others: the time is right for organic gardening. Arguing the health and cost-cutting benefits to be gained from growing one's own crops, Herda stresses the timeliness of his book in terms of modern inventions, new discoveries about horticultural techniques and new varieties of plants - both fruits and vegetables - which have opened up unforeseen vistas for the apartment-bound prospective grower. Herda revels in the delights of what you can do and grow with a minimum of knowledge and space, and a maximum of enjoyment. The topics that Herda covers include selecting the right container size and location, optimizing soil composition and nutrients, managing light, water and humidity, choosing the best fruits and vegetables for container gardening, eliminating pests and plant diseases naturally, and extending the harvest. For each recipe for success for the growing of 25 different types of fruits and vegetables (ranging from everyday, albeit unconventionally grown, tomatoes to the more exotic, though equally practicable, dwarf fig), Herda provides the following details: habit, cultivars, seed or transplants, pot size, water, comments, varieties, seeds, transplants, soil, insects, solutions, diseases, health benefits, ready for the kitchen, and annual savings. This 233-page guide is bountifully illustrated with both color and black-and-white photographs of the crops concerned, as well as of the containers in which you can grow them. Herda's style is humorous and highly accessible to the newcomer. Though he provides the scientific names for all the fruits and vegetables that he describes, he does not overwhelm one with a plethora of unnecessary and confusing detail. Above all, what Herda says makes a great deal of sense. For those who wish to read further in the field, he provides a list of web sites and books, though the average home gardener, no matter whether novice or seasoned pro, will most likely find all that he or she needs in this informative and wise text.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    save your $ ......google container gardens

    Book seems like author is just trying to promote "fake dirt"

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