Learn to:

  • Make the most of limited space with vertical growing tips, rooftop gardens, and more
  • Add beauty and color to your landscape with annuals, perennials, and bulbs
  • Grow the freshest, healthiest produce possible

The easy way to succeed at urban gardening

A townhouse yard, a balcony, a south-facing window — even a small inner-city ...

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Urban Gardening For Dummies

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Learn to:

  • Make the most of limited space with vertical growing tips, rooftop gardens, and more
  • Add beauty and color to your landscape with annuals, perennials, and bulbs
  • Grow the freshest, healthiest produce possible

The easy way to succeed at urban gardening

A townhouse yard, a balcony, a south-facing window — even a small inner-city apartment can be a suitable location to grow some yummy edibles, develop a colorful flower garden, or create an outdoor room. Urban Gardening For Dummies helps you make the most of what you have through the use of proven small-space gardening techniques that allow gardeners to maximize their use of urban spaces.

  • Urban Gardening 101 — get an overview of urban gardening, including soil preparation, planting, choosing urban-friendly plants (including edibles), and plant placement
  • Dig in — discover everything you need to know about soil, from analyzing soil types and understanding soil pH to how you can build good soil with manure, organic fertilizers, and compost
  • Get a green thumb — find the lowdown on the urban microclimate, local weather patterns, and how you can actually influence weather conditions at micro-levels to benefit the health of your urban garden
  • Oh, the places you'll grow — get creative with container gardening and find funky and functional ways to garden on building rooftops, balconies, and with vertical growing strategies

Open the book and find:

  • The many benefits of urban gardening
  • Tips on planting annual plants and veggies, trees and shrubs, and perennial flowers
  • The 4-1-1 on community gardening and urban farming
  • How to create an outdoor room
  • The scoop on using fertilizers
  • Techniques for container and vertical gardening
  • Composting tips and soil growing
  • Tricks for keeping weeds and pests at bay
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This well-planned, copious paperback qualifies as a thoughtful gift or self-gift for any urbanite who has ever contemplated planting a little garden in, above, or near their abode. The step-by-step instructions, info, and tips in this 360-page Dummies series entry address multiple options for indoor and outdoor urban gardening: small backyard plots; rooftop, balcony, or fire escape displays; small window containers; vertical and layered gardens. An excellent addition to a respected utilitarian series.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118502440
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/24/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 332,420
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Paul Simon is a nationally recognized landscape architect, public artist, horticulturist, master gardener, and urban designer. Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, and radio and television personality.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Urban Gardening 101 7

Chapter 1: Gardening in the City 9

Chapter 2: Reaping the Benefi ts of Urban Gardening 17

Chapter 3: The Urban Microclimate 27

Part II: Gardening Basics 37

Chapter 4: Getting to Know Your Soil 39

Chapter 5: Feeding and Fertilizing Your Soil 51

Chapter 6: Getting Your Hands Dirty: Planting How-To 67

Part III: Places and Ways to Garden 89

Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room 91

Chapter 8: Containing Your Gardening 107

Chapter 9: A Garden with a View: The Rooftop Garden 123

Chapter 10: Going Vertical in Your Garden 141

Chapter 11: Apartment Gardens 155

Chapter 12: Community Gardening and Urban Farming 165

Part IV: Growing Plants in the City 179

Chapter 13: City Setting, Country Food 181

Chapter 14: The Annual Flowering of the City 199

Chapter 15: Perennial Flowers, Roses, and Bulbs in the City 215

Chapter 16: Growing a Tree in Brooklyn 231

Chapter 17: Lawns and Ground Covers 249

Part V: Growing to Perfection 263

Chapter 18: Weeding and Mulching Your Plants 265

Chapter 19: Watering Your Garden 275

Chapter 20: Controlling Urban Garden Pests 289

Part VI: The Part of Tens 311

Chapter 21: Ten Tools for Urban Gardeners 313

Chapter 22: Ten Kid-Friendly Ways to Garden in the City 319

Chapter 23: Ten Tips to Manage a Sustainable Urban Garden 325

Index 331

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    Can you post how to grow bell peppers!

    That will help a lot

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    Posted August 10, 2013

    Resigning my previous comment

    I'm a nook noob. The rest of it loaded, I just didn't know it took a while.

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