Edible Spots & Pots

Edible Spots & Pots

Small-space Gardens for Growing Vegetables and Herbs in Containers, Raised Beds, and More

Book - 2014
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Offers advice for growing vegetables and herbs in small spaces, raised beds, and containers, as well as instructions for projects intended to personalize and accent garden spaces.

McMillan Palgrave

It's time for home gardeners to rethink the traditional garden and explore the wide variety of options for growing edibles in "anywhere" gardens—from decorative pots and raised beds to unusual growing bags, hanging pouches, and tomato rings. These contained gardens are more manageable than long rows or plots and require much less work—yet yield just as much bounty.

Featuring dozens of preplanned planting recipes, based on space or container sizes, Edible Spots and Pots allows readers to mix and match vegetables, herbs, small fruits, and edible flowers to create a plant-style patchwork based on the "thriller" (dramatic, focal-point plants), "filler" (midheight, bushy plants), and "spiller" (vines and twining plants) formula for creating interesting and botanically sound gardens. Plot-free gardening offers practical solutions for any circumstance a gardener may encounter (challenging spaces, soils, or weather), while also taking into account budget, time, and aesthetic goals.

Author Stacey Hirvela shares many other interesting concepts, like One-Minute Veggies (foods that go from patio to plate in less than a minute) Doubly Delicious Crops that give two flavors from one plant, and space/yield ratios (vegetables worth their footprint). Gardeners will also find an enticing array of 60 edibles that grow well in a defined space for productivity and beauty.



Publisher: New York : Rodale, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781609619596
Branch Call Number: 635 Hir
Characteristics: xi, 308 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Edible spots and pots

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amberwench
Jan 28, 2017

Good for beginner and intermediate growers alike, great for growers who have sun but lack yard. Simple DIY ideas for getting pots and plants into the sun for best harvest, as well as ideas for growing combinations for visual appeal. Includes encyclopedia of plants that do well inpots

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nortonjo
Jul 28, 2014

The title says it all. However the author’s claim that this is a “new approach” to gardening must not be aware of the trend towards container and raised bed techniques that have become very popular since the original square foot gardening projects, which allow the gardener to provide just the perfect soil, to eliminate the need to kneel and stoop, and extend the season.
What I do find is new & very useful is the application of the thriller, filler, and spiller idea I usually associate with creating flower planters. You know, the thriller-the upright centrepiece, the filler-the main plant, and the spiller, the trailing plant that drapes over the rim? Here the plants are edible and decorative. The author takes the guesswork out projects by providing container recipes for large and medium pots & by giving them memorable names like ‘Nutrition Station’ where the thriller is broccoli, the filler carrots and the spiller parsley.
There are other novel tips like how to make you own grow bags, building your own dolly for moving heavy containers, and most essentially an excellent chapter on irrigation techniques for those of us who are unable to rely on neighbours when we go on holiday.
This excellent book provides good science based information with well organized chapter headings which allow the reader to dip into sections or read it cover to cover.

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