Incredible Vegetables from Self-Watering Containers: Using Ed's Amazing POTS System

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Shiny green cucumbers; firm, juicy tomatoes; baby lettuces handpicked one salad at a time—these are the tasty benefits of the backyard vegetable garden. But earth gardens are a lot of work. They require a plot of plantable land and a significant time commitment to sowing, watering, weeding, and tending each plant.

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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Shiny green cucumbers; firm, juicy tomatoes; baby lettuces handpicked one salad at a time—these are the tasty benefits of the backyard vegetable garden. But earth gardens are a lot of work. They require a plot of plantable land and a significant time commitment to sowing, watering, weeding, and tending each plant.

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!

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
“This handy book makes gardening for edible easier than ever.”
— Joel M. Lerner
From the Publisher

“Smith’s Book is highly recommended for all libraries.”

-Library Journal

“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.”

-Florida Times-Union

“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.”

-American Gardener

Library Journal
The vegetable gardening genre grows with these two titles. Bradley and Courtier have a lot of experience in that field and have written an easy-to-understand, comprehensive guide to growing vegetables and herbs with mainly organic methods. They begin by describing planning the garden, preparing the soil, sowing, planting, cultivating, and harvesting; individual entries for each plant including detailed instructions for planting, starting seeds, caring, and harvesting follow. "Problem Solver" boxes share how to deal with insect pests and plant diseases specific to the plant, while "Best of the Bunch" lists suggest varieties with descriptions. Packed with information, this beautifully illustrated book for both experienced and novice gardeners is highly recommended for libraries needing an additional book on how to grow vegetables. Smith (The Vegetable Gardener's Bible) writes for those who don't have the room-or the inclination-for an in-ground vegetable garden. Although many container gardening books detail how to grow vegetables like tomatoes in pots, Smith also shows us how to grow cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and many other vegetables in self-watering containers. He begins with general information about choosing pots and soil, starting transplants, cultivating, and managing pests and diseases; next, he shares in-depth instructions for organically growing each vegetable, herb, or edible flower in a pot. For each plant, he includes suggestions for pot sizes and information on planting, cultivating, harvesting, suggested varieties, and which plants grow best in pots. Illustrated with stunning photographs throughout, Smith's book is highly recommended for all libraries.-Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
The Washington Post - Joel M. Lerner
“This handy book makes gardening for edible easier than ever.”—Joel M. Lerner, Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580175562
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward C. Smith is the best-selling author of The Vegetable Gardener's Bible and The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible. For more than 30 years he and his wife, Sylvia, have lived off the grid in Vermont, in a house they built on land they cleared by hand. Together, the grow more than 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs in their 2,000 square feet of gardens and containers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

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    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

    finding self watering pots

    You can find these pots and others at www.gardeners.com

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    If you can find the pots

    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.

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    Posted February 21, 2010

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