Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage, and Herbs

Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage, and Herbs

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by Fern Richardson
     
 

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Small? Yes. A concrete slab populated solely with plastic chairs and an abandoned grill? Not anymore.

Chances are your balcony, porch, or patio could use a major makeover. Fern Richardson, charismatic creator of the blog Life on the Balcony, is here to walk you through the process of beautifying a small space — even when your budget is just as small

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Small? Yes. A concrete slab populated solely with plastic chairs and an abandoned grill? Not anymore.

Chances are your balcony, porch, or patio could use a major makeover. Fern Richardson, charismatic creator of the blog Life on the Balcony, is here to walk you through the process of beautifying a small space — even when your budget is just as small.

This exciting guide layers practical gardening fundamentals with creative solutions that encourage thinking outside the pot. Maybe this means repurposing a shipping pallet to create a colorful vertical garden of nasturtiums and lobelia. Or simply seeing walls, rafters, railings, and everything in between as fair game. You'll also learn how to tackle unique challenges, like windy conditions when gardening several stories above street level, and how to care for plants and troubleshoot with the best of them.

From design basics to essential plant picks, Small-Space Container Gardens proves you don't need a yard to have a garden. For anyone who wants more green in their life, it's time to get out there and start growing.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
You don’t need a yard in the suburbs to surround yourself with homegrown beauty and produce. Richardson, writer of an award-winning blog about gardening in tiny spaces, offers a comprehensive approach to getting started on a balcony or wee patio. The book is organized by principles (color, weather, wildlife, pests, etc.), which is particularly helpful for those just starting container gardening. For them, the book is filled with resources: planting schemes, do-it-yourself projects, short appendixes. Those with more gardening experience may find the plants Richardson highlights limiting. The author’s attention to succulents is distinctive; those forgiving plants lend themselves to the container gardening environment. Gardeners living in less mild climates than Richardson’s Southern California should remember that whatever is too delicate to winter outside must be hauled indoors for the duration, taking up what might be precious limited space. That said, container gardening is flexible, and Richardson makes it verdant, affordable, and fun. 150 color photos. (Feb.)
PM27 Blog
You don’t need a yard in the suburbs to surround yourself with homegrown beauty and produce. Richardson, writer of an award-winning blog about gardening in tiny spaces, offers a comprehensive approach to getting started on a balcony or wee patio. The book is organized by principles (color, weather, wildlife, pests, etc.), which is particularly helpful for those just starting container gardening. For them, the book is filled with resources: planting schemes, do-it-yourself projects, short appendixes. Those with more gardening experience may find the plants Richardson highlights limiting. The author’s attention to succulents is distinctive; those forgiving plants lend themselves to the container gardening environment. Gardeners living in less mild climates than Richardson’s Southern California should remember that whatever is too delicate to winter outside must be hauled indoors for the duration, taking up what might be precious limited space. That said, container gardening is flexible, and Richardson makes it verdant, affordable, and fun.
Chicago Tribune
“Ideas to help patio gardens look polished and planned.”
— Nara Schoenberg
Blue Planet Garden Blog.com
“Covers just about everything you want to know about container gardening. I absolutely love [it]!”
North Coast Gardening.com
“Covers just about everything you want to know about container gardening. I absolutely love [it]!”
Horticulture.com
“Fern’s DIY style is made easy and fun with numerous tutorials and crafts throughout the book.”
Orange County Register
“From selection of plants to illustrations of how to lay it all out, beginning and experienced gardeners alike will find plenty of inspiration.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Yes, you can do it all – attract wildlife, grow food, become one with your inner-nature-lover and work with limited lighting on porches, balconies and other small areas.”
Apartment Therapy
“Offers a generous list of funky containers.”
Calloway's Nursery
"Walks you through beautifying a small space, such as a balcony, porch, patio or small yard, even on a tight budget.”
Horticulture
"If you have ever dreamed of having a garden but are constrained by price or space, this is the book for you!"
Cleveland Plain Dealer
"The ideas are perfect for folks in condominiums, rental houses — and homeowners looking to enhance established landscape features."
Curbly.com
"Packs a great deal of information in a small space."
VIV Magazine
“...shows us how to have an enviable garden without the acreage..."
The Vancouver Sun
"You’ll find the keys to creating an uncluttered, lush outdoor space that’s not only beautiful, but budget-friendly."
Nature's Footprint
Fern Richardson's delightful blog, Life on the Balcony, is chock-full of ideas for small-space gardening in containers, and now she has put some of her best ones into a beautifully written and designed book."
Green Upgrader
"A beautifully written and designed book."
Bill Holgan — MCT/ Tribune Papers
"One of the best new books on this topic."
Fort Worth Examiner
“It’s packed with gorgeous photographs—making it pleasant to browse through for quick inspiration. The author’s real-life take on small-space gardening makes reading the full text worthwhile."
PM27 Blog - Patricia McGoldrick
"If you have ever dreamed of having a garden but are constrained by price or space, this is the book for you!"
Chicago Tribune - Nara Schoenberg
"If you have ever dreamed of having a garden but are constrained by price or space, this is the book for you!"
Blue Planet Garden Blog.com - Kylee Baumle
“Ideas to help patio gardens look polished and planned.”
From the Publisher
“It’s packed with gorgeous photographs—making it pleasant to browse through for quick inspiration. The author’s real-life take on small-space gardening makes reading the full text worthwhile."
Bill Holgan — MCT/ Tribune Papers
"One of the best new books on this topic."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604692419
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
224,873
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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