How to Grow Your Own Food: An Illustrated Beginner's Guide to Container Gardening

How to Grow Your Own Food: An Illustrated Beginner's Guide to Container Gardening

by Angela S. Judd
How to Grow Your Own Food: An Illustrated Beginner's Guide to Container Gardening

How to Grow Your Own Food: An Illustrated Beginner's Guide to Container Gardening

by Angela S. Judd


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Take your love of plants to the next level and start growing some food with this modern, easy-to-follow guidebook that shows you everything you need to know to grow edible plants all year round!

Did you know you could grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs in containers? Well, now you can take your houseplants to the next level by growing home-grown produce and seasoning that will taste delicious in all of your favorite dishes.

How to Grow Your Own Food identifies 50 common, easy-to-grow edible plants from herbs to vegetables, along with detailed care instructions and beautiful illustrations of each plant. You’ll find everything you need to know about building your container garden including:
-How to choose the right size container for each plant
-How to water (and feed!) your plants for optimal growth
-When to harvest your crops for the best flavor
-And much more!

It’s time to turn your decorative plants into ones that will keep you happy and healthy! No matter how much or how little space you have in your apartment, you can enjoy everything—from basil to onions to strawberries—with this practical guide to container gardening.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781507215722
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 05/25/2021
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 115,555
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Angela S. Judd is a Master Gardener in Arizona who shares garden advice and inspiration on her website,, Instagram, and other social channels. She regularly contributes to Master Gardener publications, and has written blog posts for Better Homes & Gardens, Kellogg Garden, Gardeners Supply Company, Gardening Know How, and others. Angela has been featured in magazines such as Phoenix Home & Garden and San Diego Home/Garden. She is passionate about helping new gardeners be successful.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

How to Use This Book 8

Chapter 1 The Basics of How to Grow Your Own Food in Containers 9

The Benefits of Growing Food in Containers 10

Ten Principles for Successful Container Gardening 11

Chapter 2 Tools of the Trade and Guide to Containers 15

Tools of the Trade 16

A Word on Potting Soil 17

Planting Date Information 18

Watering Concerns 18

A Guide to Container Styles 19

Container Sizes 20

Chapter 3 Ten Steps to Successfully Growing Your Own Food in Containers 21

1 Choose the Best Location for Your Container Garden 22

2 Decide What You Are Going to Plant 22

3 Choose and Prepare the Containers for Your Selected Plants 23

4 Fill Containers with Soil 23

5 Plant Seeds and Transplants Correctly in Your Containers 24

6 Water Your Garden Correctly 24

7 Feed Your Garden Regularly 25

8 Pay Attention to Your Containers Each Day 26

9 Harvest at the Right Time 26

10 Record Your Progress and Make a Plan for What to Plant Next 26

Chapter 4 Helpful Terms to Know 27

Chapter 5 Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers 33

Arugula 34

Basil 36

Beans (Bush) 38

Beets 40

Blueberries 42

Borage 44

Broccoli 46

Cabbage 48

Calendula 50

Carrots 52

Cauliflower 54

Celery 56

Chamomile 58

Chives 60

Cilantro 62

Citrus 64

Cucumber 66

Dill 68

Eggplant 70

Fig Tree 72

Garlic 74

Ginger 76

Green Onions (Scallions) 78

Kale 80

Kohlrabi 82

Lemongrass 84

Lettuce 86

Malabar Spinach 88

Mint 90

Nasturtium 92

Okra 94

Oregano 96

Parsley 98

Peas 100

Peppers 102

Potatoes 104

Radishes 106

Rosemary 108

Sage 110

Spinach 112

Strawberries 114

Summer Squash 116

Sunflower 118

Sweet Potatoes 120

Swiss Chard 122

Thyme 124

Tomatoes 126

Toothache Plant 128

Turmeric 130

Viola 132

Appendix A Troubleshooting Advice and a Quick Reference Guide for Organic Pest Control 134

Troubleshooting Advice 134

Quick Reference Guide for Organic Pest Control 135

Treatment Descriptions 137

Appendix B Resources to Learn More about Container Gardening 138

Further Reading 138

Online Resources 138

Suppliers 138

US/Metric Conversion Chart 139

Index 140

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