The Complete Guide to Growing Vegetables, Flowers, Fruits, and Herbs from Containers: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

The Complete Guide to Growing Vegetables, Flowers, Fruits, and Herbs from Containers: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

by Lizz Shepherd
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Complete Guide to Growing Vegetables, Flowers, Fruits, and Herbs from Containers: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
iwatson More than 1 year ago
This is another book in the "Back to Basics" series and covers growing produce in containers; a perfect solution for those of us that live in cities, in apartments, or have shaded yards. There is nothing better than being able to go out and pick fresh veggies or herbs and use them immediately while preparing a meal. As well, flowers always brighten up any balcony or door step. I've been container planting for many years and have varied experience with the results. Once one is able to find a way to contend with the heat (I'm in Texas,) the cold (I lived in the north) and predators (raccoons and insects) container gardening is a breeze. And, I believe this book will help you create a balance needed to have a bountiful supply. Aside from giving the basics of why to have a container garden, Lizz Shepherd offers readers what to grow, choosing and preparing the containers, tools, and soil amendments. She continues to talk about starting with seeds or plants, planting herbs, veggies and fruits. As well, she talks about growing flowers in containers, and then the most important: maintaining the plants. Reading through this book reminded me of some of the aspects I've forgotten about container planting so it was a good reminder. I immediately rectified an issue I had. I truly believe this book is a godsend to those starting out container gardening. From what I can tell every aspect has been covered and I encourage you to consider this book if you are contemplating planting in containers. Two green thumbs on this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was incredibly informative. Speaking as someone who is interested in growing plants, but often does not manage to see them live very long, this book answered why my oregano and basil died last year, and told me that my rosemary wasn’t doing well either, and how to fix it. Beyond that, it had a wealth of information on vegetables and fruits, referencing many varieties that I had never heard of and would probably never see in a grocery store. It rekindled my interest on attempting to grow a vegetable and even fruit, garden, with the additional benefit of not having to worry about outdoor elements. I found a lot of trivia in there useful and interesting, and was constantly telling my family about all of the fun facts about gardening that I was learning. This is a valuable resource for anyone who plans to grow anything from a container.
RAMcNamara More than 1 year ago
The Complete Guide to Growing Vegetables, Flowers, Fruits, and Herbs From Containers is a book for beginners starting out in container gardening, either indoors or outdoors. Author Lizz Shepherd explains the benefits of container gardening throughout—at times repetitively so—and emphasizes that anyone can grow fresh food and beautiful plants this way. She provides core information for each vegetable, flower, fruit, and herb she lists, including origin, container size needs, light and temperature needs, blooming season, growing tips, and the best fertilizer to use. Advice on what not to do is also useful. Color images are lacking, so expect to follow up with Internet research.
danielrstitt More than 1 year ago
The Complete Guide to Growing Vegetables, Flowers, Fruits, and Herbs from Containers is an all-encompassing text for anyone who is interested in beginning a gardening hobby. The book is organized very well, and covers topics such as why someone should garden in containers, the tools necessary to begin, as well as a section on how to maintain your plants once they begin growing in your containers. A great aspect of this book is that it covers a massive array of plant types, and gives great detail about growing the most popular plants within those categories. Furthermore, the book provides excellent information about the type of equipment necessary to begin planting in containers. Where the book lacks is in providing information regarding the plant’s child or pet-friendliness. As someone who is new to gardening, and as someone with a small family, I worry about the affect some plants might have on children or pets. Are there some plants that would be better kept outside on the patio? Also, at certain points, the book seemed overly generic, providing little information on region-specific planting. Living in Florida, I wonder if the hot, humid climate would play a role in planting success.
code7r More than 1 year ago
As a newbie to gardening, I was eager to read about the different ways to grow vegetables, fruits and herbs. One way is to use containers to grow in instead of planting directly in the ground. Back to Basics Growing Series by Atlantic Publishing Group has a book in their series that covers this area. “The Complete guide to Growing Vegetables, Flowers, Fruits, and Herbs from Containers: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply” by Lizz Shepherd is dedicated to answering my questions about container gardening. As the author states in her introduction, “Before growing a new plant, reference this book to find the needed supplies and required growing conditions.” As with many of the Back to Basic books, this one also covers the “why” of the subject matter; thus, why should/would you garden in containers. Interspersed throughout the book is one of my favorite things, the case studies from individuals about their experiences in container gardening. Certain plants will grow in certain areas of the United States. To find out what will grow well in your area, the author directs the reader to check out the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map and also includes a copy of this map in the appendix. She explains why some plants will do well in containers while others are not particularly suited to it. Included are plants that require little maintenance, which is good for me since I am new to this. Along with the name of the plant (e.g. Surecrop strawberry), she also includes a description of the plant and a picture. For those who are more advanced, or perhaps more adventurous, there is also a section dedicated to plants that require a lot of maintenance, such as pumpkins. I also learned that there is no particular “correct” container to garden from. You can use the traditional pots that you can find in your local garden center, or you can use an old shoe or empty margarine tub… you are only limited by your imagination. The author covers many areas such as tools, how to prepare your soil and what is the correct soil to use, and, as the title states, growing herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers in containers. The book is broken down to be used easily as a reference guide when deciding what to plant, where to plant, what to plant in and more. It is not overwhelming and easy to understand and would be useful to the new gardener as well as a seasoned gardener.
AJ6 More than 1 year ago
Year round fresh veggies, no need for a yard, reduced fear of pests getting at plants are all great reasons to start a container garden, but where to begin? Enter, The Complete Guide to Growing Vegetables, Flowers, Fruits, and Herbs from Containers; it is a must for any beginning container gardener. This guide takes you from the beginning of the process by discussing the benefits of growing plants in containers, how to decided which types of plants are right for you, what types of containers and soil to choose, and what tools you will need. The most valuable information for the new container gardener is the specific information on each plant. The bulk of the book is separated into sections of Vegetables, Flowers, Fruits, and Herbs each section discusses what grows best in containers and gives you a quick rundown of the most important information to know when buying your plants or seeds and what you will need to know as you are growing and caring for your plants. If all this information wasn’t great enough, there is even a troubleshooting section containing the most common mistakes first time container gardeners make. Such valuable information right at your fingertips! I can’t wait to start my container garden.
nk24 More than 1 year ago
Not exactly everything you need to know. For instance, the book tells you to avoid plant disease and pest but doesn't tell you how. Some pictures of different types of mold, rust, and mites with instructions on how to cure each type would be nice. When talking about different species of a particular plant, it would be nice to stick to one type and include a picture of each.
queenpanda0 More than 1 year ago
The Complete Guide to growing vegetables, flowers, fruits, and herbs from containers. By Lizz Shepherd ISBN: 9781601383471 ? Have you ever thought of growing your own vegetables or flowers? The complete Guide to Growing vegetables, flowers, fruits, and herbs from containers by Lizz Shepherd is just the book you need. You can grow your own and use them immediately in any meal. Flowers will brighten up any space rather big or small. You can grow just about anything no matter where you live, in the country, in the middle of new york, or in apartment. Lizz Shepherd offers us the readers, what to grow, choosing the products that are needed and how to start with seeds or plants. She explaines the most important part in her book as well, maintaining the plants. No one will always have the best experience but with this book you can not go wrong, ever. This book is self sufficient and everyone needs one in their personal library. I highly recommend this book.
BillyB More than 1 year ago
Having your own garden can be difficult if you live in an apartment or you just do not have a very big yard to use. With the rising cost of groceries, growing your own vegetables and fruit is becoming more popular. No longer will you have to run to the grocery store just to get a few tomatoes. The Complete Guide to Growing Vegetables, Flowers, Fruits, and Herbs From Containers is to help any newbie or veteran gardener learn how to plant in plastic, clay, concrete, wood, paper, glass, and even recycled and “art” planters. Depending on your climate, you can leave your containers outside during the day and bring them inside at night, or just keep them inside your home, balcony, or deck. Just remember that some plants need light, so a UV light would be handy. In addition, a humidifier in the room helps too. Throughout the book the author explains to the reader why you should garden in containers, why you should start growing plants, what are the best containers to use, what are the basic gardening tools, what is the right soil and amendments to use, and what type of seeds to use. You will also learn what types of herbs you can grow, what types of vegetables you can grow, what kinds of fruit you can grow in containers. For the last few years I have been planting a few vegetables in my flowerbeds, so I was eager to read this book courtesy of Atlantic Publishing Group. I was not aware that there are so many fruits, vegetables, and herbs that you can be grown all year long inside your house. With all the pests, lack of rain, and too many humid days during the summer, growing plants in containers looks like a better option.