Small is beautiful, and integrating a small, easy-to-manage garden into hectic everyday life is easy. In The Downsized Veggie Garden, low maintenance is the mantra. And so is making smart, creative use of the space we have – whether it’s outdoors, indoors, in-ground, in containers, on a balcony railing…or even going vertical. Garden expert Kate Copsey takes the reader season-by-season, plant-by-plant, with essential tips about soil, seed-starting, plant choices, non-chemical fertilizing, watering, choosing the right containers, veggie garden planning and planting, and much more. This fully illustrated book is a one-stop guide for the beginner gardener or the downsizing gardener.
|Publisher:||St. Lynn's Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Kate Copsey hosts the weekly online radio show “The Master Gardener Hour” at americaswebradio.com. A freelance writer specializing in garden topics, she is a frequent speaker at garden shows and clubs nationally, and is a garden columnist for Ohio Gardener and Renaissance magazines.
Kate Copsey lives in Jackson, New Jersey.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Start Where You Are
Chapter 1 Finding Space to Grow Vegetables Wherever You Live 1
Chapter 2 Designing a Vegetable Garden that Works for You: All About Raised Beds and Containers 23
Chapter 3 Let's Get Growing! Seed Starting, Fertilizing and Healthy Soil 43
Part 2 Vegetables, Vegetables Everywhere! (Fruits and Herbs, too) Great ideas for a delicious harvest
Chapter 4 Growing Veggies Outdoors in the Garden 63
Chapter 5 Containers: the Answer for Patios, Porches, Balconies and Sunny Windowsills 83
Chapter 6 Growing Herbs: 12 Great Herbs for Your Favorite Recipes 97
Chapter 7 Growing Fruit in a Small Garden 111
Part 3 The Veggie Garden Growing Year: Plant by Plant, Season by Season
Chapter 8 Spring 121
Chapter 9 Summer 131
Chapter 10 Fall and Winter 143
What's Eating My Plants? "Bad Bugs" and Other Undesirables 153
Types of Containers and Their Uses 161
Some Natural Fertilizers and What They Do 167
About the Author 175
What People are Saying About This
"IDEAS, that's what this book is all about. If you want the pleasure of a vegetable garden, this book will give you plenty of ideas, and you will be amazed at all of the options you really have." ~ MEL BARTHOLEMEW, creator of the Square Foot Gardening System, author of "Square Foot Gardening" and "The All New Square Foot Gardening"