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The Washington Post“This handy book makes gardening for edible easier than ever.”
— Joel M. Lerner
Is there a solution? Self-watering containers allow vegetable gardeners—from the casual weekender interested in a tomato plant or two to the very dedicated gardener ...
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Is there a solution? Self-watering containers allow vegetable gardeners—from the casual weekender interested in a tomato plant or two to the very dedicated gardener with limited space—to grow richly producing plants in a controlled, low-maintenance environment.
Lifelong gardener Ed Smith became fascinated with the possibilities of self-watering containers and began testing dozens of vegetables in various containers, experimenting with nutrients, soil mixtures, plant varieties, and container positioning. Now Smith is here to tell gardeners that anyone can grow and enjoy wonderful organic vegetables, using pots with continuous- flow watering systems.
Smith shares advice on choosing appropriate containers, how to provide balanced nutrition using his secret soil formula, and what additional tools benefit the container gardener. The reader will also find advice on starting from seed versus buying plants, which vegetables thrive in containers and which might be a bit more challenging, along with space-saving tips on pairing plants in single containers. After the last green tomato has been picked and is ripening on the windowsill, Smith wraps everything up with a chapter on fall clean-up and preparing for next spring. Now there’s really no excuse for store-bought tomatoes!
“Smith’s Book is highly recommended for all libraries.”
“Garden writer Edward Smith, an avid vegetable gardener, shares his expert knowledge on the subject in this excellent manual for both novice and experienced gardeners.”
-The National Gardener
“...in this pretty, thorough book, Smith addresses seed and plant selection, pest control, herbs and container combinations, and the mouth-watering photos are inspiring.”
-The Seattle Times
“The how-tos are well described, and the writing is both solid and inviting, This, plus beautiful photography and handsome design, trademarks of Storey Publishing, carry the reader happily from one section to another. From container garden design to care to harvest, this book covers the subject well.
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“The directions are easy to follow, making the projects seem extremely doable.”
“Smith divulges his methods for getting the most out of a containerized vegetable garden, including his ‘secret’ potting soil mix, design ideas, and harvesting tips, all accompanied by color photographs of his garden.”
Posted May 29, 2008
After reading this book I was all set to start a self-watering container garden--as soon as possible. Then I really started to investigate the prices on these particular types of containers, and it can get pretty step. So I was a little dishearted. I have researched on the internet and found some guides to making self-watering containers, but unfortunately many of them are not very pretty to look at (they involve 5 gallon buckets or large Rubbermaid style containers). So I am a little torn on what to do. I may still start a self-watering container garden--but more slowly then originally planned. Buying pots here and there. In the book, he does show on one page how to turn a regular pot into a self-watering pot by using a ready made insert, but I have not been able to find these inserts yet. So if they are cheaper that might be a option as well.
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Posted May 6, 2010
Posted June 13, 2009
This book would be great if you could find the pots that this guy has created. I could not so therefore the book is kinda useless. If you found them and started using them the book would be great he gives very good details on how to use them and how to grow great things in them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 21, 2010
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