The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible: How to Grow a Bounty of Food in Pots, Tubs, and Other Containers

The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible: How to Grow a Bounty of Food in Pots, Tubs, and Other Containers

by Edward C. Smith


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Harvest tomatoes on a patio, produce a pumpkin in a planter, and grow broccoli on a balcony! Best-selling author Ed Smith shows you everything you need to know to successfully create and care for an edible container garden, from choosing the right plants and selecting appropriate containers through controlling pests without chemicals and harvesting fresh vegetables. You’ll discover that container gardening is an easy and fun way to enjoy summer’s bounty in even the smallest of growing spaces. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603429757
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 03/02/2011
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 310,598
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Edward C. Smith is the best-selling author of The Vegetable Gardener's Bible and The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible. For more than 30 years he and his wife, Sylvia, have lived off the grid in Vermont, in a house they built on land they cleared by hand. Together, the grow more than 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs in their 2,000 square feet of gardens and containers.

Table of Contents

Part One: Get Growing in Containers
Introduction: A Vegetable Garden in Pots
Chapter One: The Right Pot for Every Plant
Chapter Two: What's in the Pot?
Chapter Three: Tools and Accessories

Part Two: Putting It All Together
Chapter Four: Getting Started
Chapter Five: Of Seeds and Six-Packs
Chapter Six: Designing for Containers
Chapter Seven: Caring for Your Container Gardens
Chapter Eight: Managing Pests and Diseases
Chapter Nine: Harvesting the Bounty
Chapter Ten: When Winter Draws Near

Part Three: Incredible Edibles
Chapter Eleven: The Best Vegetables
Chapter Twelve: Herbs for Every Pot
Chapter Thirteen: The Edible Bouquet

Photography Credits
Further Reading

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The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible: How to Grow a Bounty of Food in Pots, Tubs, and Other Containers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
CharIN More than 1 year ago
This book is well worth reading, lots of information available. If interested in making low cost self-watering containers, he shows how to. Which plants to pair and how to continue planting throughout the planting season and get the most out of Container Gardening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely amazing! It clearly explains needed containers (mainly self-watering containers), soil, and it tells you how to make compost. The section about container vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers clearly explains how to grow plants, remove pests, and eat them. The illustrations are absolutely clear. I would reccomend this book to anyone who wants help or to learn about container gardening.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm getting ready to start seeds for my fourth season since reading this book, so I guess you could say it inspired me! Due to physical problems I had to give up gardening, but most people can handle a few containers. For one thing, you can put them on your deck where you can see them from the window, so if they wilt you can water them instead of going into vegetable denial with a traditional garden at the very back of your yard. This book literally opened a whole new world for me. The photos are so beautiful. It does have a lot of how-to info, but you will need to buy a book about pests and diseases or google various problems with insects and diseases. Still, this book will show you the possibilities and inspire you. Whether you make your own containers from the directions included (works perfectly) or you decide to go with an earthbox system (they are only mentioned in this book but information on them is readily available) this is without a doubt my favorite garden book.
Battwoman2003 More than 1 year ago
AWESOME book, I bought it! Explains in detail the soil types for your veggies, depth of pots, what plants you can grow together  and the plants you should keep separate!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are interested in gardening (especially container gardening) you can't go without this book. Best money i've spent since getting my nook last year.
jepeters333 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lots of great ideas and instructions for growing vegetables in containers. Easy to follow, lots of pictures, well written.
PolerYeno More than 1 year ago
This book was just one large ad for self watering containers. The most useful piece of information in it is how to make your own with plastic tubs, which you can find how to do for free online by googling it. His advice on when to start harvesting one herb is no lie "harvest leaves as soon as the plants are big enough not to miss the foliage".... Well I bought a book on it because I would like to know when that is. If you're going to grown in containers my advice is just to buy regular gardening book. Ps. I would recommend hydroponics as opposed to self watering containers, just sayin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great information. Well organized and enjoyable to read
ResearchQueen More than 1 year ago
This book was helpful with my container garden but it lacked some of the help with a wide variety of vegetable and fruits, and dealing with disease and pests that I had hoped for.
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