Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden

Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden

by Andrea Bellamy
     
 

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Imagine savoring fresh-picked strawberries on a weekend morning, plucking plump figs from your mini-orchard to quarter and serve at a farm-to-table meal with friends, or harvesting and sautéing the edible stalks of garlic bulbs. If the size of your space is bringing you back to reality, here's the best part: you don't need a big backyard to grow your own

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Imagine savoring fresh-picked strawberries on a weekend morning, plucking plump figs from your mini-orchard to quarter and serve at a farm-to-table meal with friends, or harvesting and sautéing the edible stalks of garlic bulbs. If the size of your space is bringing you back to reality, here's the best part: you don't need a big backyard to grow your own food. In fact, you don't need a yard at all.

Andrea Bellamy, founder of the acclaimed blog Heavy Petal, gives you the dirt on growing gorgeous organic food with very little square footage. Simple, straightforward, design and growing advice can help you transform just a snippet of space into a stylish and edible oasis. Bellamy goes beyond the surface and shows you how to create and maintain healthy soil, decide what and when to plant, sow seeds and harvest, and most importantly, enjoy the process. So go ahead, picture that tiny nook, corner, strip, porch, alley, balcony, or postage-stamp-sized yard overflowing with fingerling potatoes, fragrant herbs, sugar snap peas, French breakfast radishes, and scarlet runner beans.

Armed with luscious photography, encouraging tips, and sophisticated designs, you're sure to be inspired to join the grow-your-own revolution.

Editorial Reviews

Portland Monthly
"A stylish yet substantial introduction to growing edibles in small spaces."

Life on the Balcony blog
“An inspiring book for those with a can-do spirit but not much gardening space.”
Red Dirt Ramblings
“A great book for beginners and for those of us who need winter eye candy.”
Booklist
“Inspiration…for veggie patches on balconies, patios, and the tiniest of city plots…complete this yummy and useful presentation.”
ReadyMade
"Creative and fresh."
Garden Rant
“A marvelous book that's entertaining, extremely useful, and lovely. I recommend it highly.”

The Source Weekly
“An invaluable resource for aspiring greenthumbed terrace farmers.”

Digging blog
“I’d recommend it to any new gardener of edibles, particularly one who has limited or no access to a plot of earth she can call her own.”
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Full of wisdom and practical advice…stands apart for its tone, which is both gentle and practical, and its many fascinating sidebars and offshoots. Easy to flip through and find something fun to read in a hurry.”
Sustainable Horticulture
“Particularly useful to those urban/suburban homes with very limited space.”
Horticulture
“Full of smart ideas for how to deal with a seemingly impossible growing situation.”

Skippy's Vegetable Garden
Beautiful, down-to-earth, completely enticing.
CommonWeeder.com
A nice book for a new gardener or an old one - to sift thorough as we wait for the gardening season.
Portland Mercury
Bright, cheerful, and motivating…you will wonder why anyone would ever hesitate to grow a few edibles even if they have only a fire escape or deck.
From the Publisher
“Inspiration for veggie patches on balconies, patios, and the tiniest of city plots. . . . yummy and useful presentation.” —Booklist

“A fine piece of informational, inspiring and winning work.” —Horticulture

“Particularly useful to those urban/suburban homes with very limited space.” —Sustainable Horticulture

“A marvelous book that’s entertaining, extremely useful, and lovely. I recommend it highly.” —Garden Rant

“Full of wisdom and practical advice. . . . Stands apart for its tone, which is both gentle and practical, and its many fascinating sidebars and offshoots. Easy to flip through and find something fun to read in a hurry.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Whether you’ve got a porch or just a windowsill, Heavy Petal blogger Andrea Bellamy has you covered—her Sugar Snaps and Strawberries is an accessible, comprehensive guide to small-space gardening.” —Portland Mercury 

“An invaluable resource for aspiring greenthumbed terrace farmers.” —The Source Weekly

“A great book for beginners and for those of us who need winter eye candy.” —Red Dirt Ramblings

“Chock-full of wisdom, pluck, and good ideas.” —Midwest Home

“Full of smart ideas for how to deal with a seemingly impossible growing situation.” —ReadyMade

“Bright, cheerful, and motivating. . . . you will wonder why anyone would ever hesitate to grow a few edibles even if they have only a fire escape or deck.” —Commonweeder

“I’d recommend it to any new gardener of edibles, particularly one who has limited or no access to a plot of earth she can call her own.” —Digging

“An inspiring book for those with a can-do spirit but not much gardening space.” —Life on the Balcony
Library Journal
Bellamy, creator of the blog Heavy Petal (heavypetal.ca), is a specialist on urban organic vegetable gardening who saw the need for a complete resource to enable people with limited outdoor nooks, yards, and balconies to design and build their own edible gardens from the soil up. Her book is comprehensive yet easy to read and assimilate. The text is richly embellished with Connelly's beautiful instructive photos (many of them full-page) as well as useful tables. The "Edibles from A to Z" section provides detailed instructions for selecting and establishing plants in small growing areas. Bellamy does not include a map of North American hardiness zones, as the plants are to be grown as annual edibles and are not expected to survive the winter. Mel Bartholomew's All New Square Foot Gardening is comparable; however, Bellamy focuses exclusively on growing edibles in limited space. VERDICT This book is creative and fresh. Bellamy accomplishes her aims, as readers will be able to transform cramped outdoor spaces into edible gardens. Urban gardeners and garden landscape designers will enjoy this book, which would nicely round out many gardening collections. A green thumbs up.—Deborah Anne Broocker, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Dunwoody

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604691245
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/15/2010
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
9.18(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Andrea Bellamy is the creator of Heavy Petal, a blog devoted to urban organic gardening. She has a certificate in garden design from the University of British Columbia and studied permaculture methods for food production at an urban microfarm. She has been gardening since childhood and has grown food on rooftops, balconies, boulevards, and patios, and in community garden beds, window boxes, traffic circles, frontyards, and backyards. She is the Grow Food columnist for Edible Vancouver magazine, and her writing has appeared in a number of online and print publications. She lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and daughter.

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