Bountiful Container: How to Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers

Bountiful Container: How to Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers


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Bountiful Container: How to Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers by Rose Marie Nichols McGee, Maggie Stuckey, Michael A. Hill

With few exceptions-such as corn and pumpkins-everything edible that's grown in a traditional garden can be raised in a container. And with only one exception-watering-container gardening is a whole lot easier. Beginning with the down-to-earth basics of soil, sun and water, fertilizer, seeds and propagation, The Bountiful Container is an extraordinarily complete, plant-by-plant guide.

Written by two seasoned container gardeners and writers, The Bountiful Container covers Vegetables-not just tomatoes (17 varieties) and peppers (19 varieties), butharicots verts, fava beans, Thumbelina carrots, Chioggia beets, and sugarsnap peas. Herbs, from basil to thyme, and including bay leaves, fennel, and saffron crocus. Edible Flowers, such as begonias, calendula, pansies, violets, and roses. And perhaps most surprising, Fruits, including apples, peaches, Meyer lemons, blueberries, currants, and figs-yes, even in the colder parts of the country. (Another benefit of container gardening: You can bring the less hardy perennials in over the winter.) There are theme gardens (an Italian cook's garden, a Four Seasons garden), lists of sources, and dozens of sidebars on everything from how to be a human honeybee to seeds that are All America Selections.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761116233
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/28/2002
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 354,887
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Maggie Stuckey is a writer who grows vegetables and cooks up a storm in her Portland, Oregon, home. The author of Soup NightThe Bountiful Container and seven other books on gardening and horticulture, she is happiest when tending her vegetable garden and using the outcome to create new soups.

Table of Contents

You and Your Garden

Managing your Space
Planning for Good Taste
Making your Garden Beautiful

Down-to-Earth Basics

Hardware: Containers, Trellises, Tools, and Storage
Software: Soil, Seeds, and Plants
Keeping a Healthy Garden

Plants for the Bountiful Container

Edible Flowers

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Bountiful Container 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just started the process of learning more about gardening--vegetable gardening in particular. This book was wonderful for me. They give you ideas for questions to ask yourself as you go through the steps of planning a good container garden. My one problem is that I live in Arizona which makes general books like this to follow to the letter--our summers are not like the ones typically discussed in this book. So I am still looking for information about vegetable gardening in Arizona in particular. But for what I needed--general information about vegetable gardening in containers--this book was spot on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is now my favorite garden reference. It makes easy gardening realistic for all of us, whether we have a full yard or a tiny patio. It is a practical, well-written book, and gets results. Whatever your favorite fruits or vegetables, they totally instruct what to do from planting to harvest. If you are going to grow and tend plants, why not eat what you grow!
602jewels More than 1 year ago
The call this book "the bible for small space gardeners" for a reason. I use this book frequently. I am new to container gardening and this book has started me on my way to a successful container garden. Also has helpful ideas on plants that compliment in each other visually for appealing containers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is really the 'Bible' of container gardening. It's packed with tips and creative ideas, as well as facts about soil, pH, sun/water requirements, soil depths, etc. for a wide number of plants. They even tell you cultivars that are more appropriate for container gardening and whether certain plants should be started indoors 'and when', bought as plants or started as seeds, how to trim roots and prune trees/plants, how to transplant, feeding schedules, how to mix custom soil for your specific plants, how to make your garden aesthetically pleasing, etc. etc. etc... Very, VERY helpful book with inspiring ideas. I only had it for about 3 weeks from the library and now I am buying it. Great read, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of my first container gardening books and it is destined to be my last! Everything you could ever want to grow (and eat) in a container is in this book. The authors give fail proof direction from planning which containers and plants to use to what is the best soil and container placement for maximum results to...just everything. I haven't found a hole yet! Great for the newbie container gardener!
Grandmas_Garden More than 1 year ago
I'm an avid gardener who gave this book to help a beginner get started. The book was informative and would be a worthwhile addition even to my own library. I try to keep my library small; but this book is worth it's space.
GreenThumb44 More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome! If you can't learn to grow a veggie garden with the help of this book you might want to try another hobby! The information is written everyone, beginners to old pros. Easy to read and full of useful tips with a bit of humor thrown in for everyone's enjoyment. Thank you Rose Marie and Maggie.
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Lady4Yeshua More than 1 year ago
this is the book for you. I live in a condo and want to start growning some of my own veggies. This book had all the info I needed. Very comprehensive! I highly recommend this book if you are just getting started in container gardening. I can't wait for summer; let the experimenting begin!
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JoAnnR More than 1 year ago
this book is full of helpful information to use everyday in storing and using your garden harvest. I use it often.
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