Small-space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, Or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage & Herbs

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Timber Press, 2012 - Gardening - 186 pages
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Small? Yes. A concrete slab populated solely with plastic chairs and an abandoned grill? Not anymore.

Chances are your balcony, porch, or patio could use a major makeover. Fern Richardson, charismatic creator of the blog Life on the Balcony, is here to walk you through the process of beautifying a small space — even when your budget is just as small.

This exciting guide layers practical gardening fundamentals with creative solutions that encourage thinking outside the pot. Maybe this means repurposing a shipping pallet to create a colorful vertical garden of nasturtiums and lobelia. Or simply seeing walls, rafters, railings, and everything in between as fair game. You'll also learn how to tackle unique challenges, like windy conditions when gardening several stories above street level, and how to care for plants and troubleshoot with the best of them.

From design basics to essential plant picks, Small-Space Container Gardens proves you don't need a yard to have a garden. For anyone who wants more green in their life, it's time to get out there and start growing.

 

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As soon as the first frost hits here I am planning for next year’s plantings. Small-Space Container Gardens has already helped me start planning for our spring porch and deck. No matter what your ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
7
Preface
11
Choosing Colors Containers Furniture and Lighting
15
Working with Weather and Climate
41
Attracting Wildlife to Your Garden
57
Growing Gorgeous Food
73
Loving a Long and Narrow Space
95
Planning and Planting for Privacy
113
Learning the Essentials for Success
145
Troubleshooting Pests and Diseases
163
Conversion Tables and Plant Hardiness Zones
174
Resources and References
176
Acknowledgments
178
Photography Credits
180
Index
181
Copyright

Creating an Upward Tropical Oasis
129

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Fern Richardson is the voice behindnbsp;Life on the Balcony,nbsp;the award-winningnbsp;blog devoted to gardening in tiny spaces and connecting container gardeners around the world. Fern's foray into gardening occurred in elementary school after receiving a book about creating wildlife habitats in urban areas. Luckily resulting experiments, such as mosquito-infested manure tea, were not an indicator of future successes in the garden. Now a master gardner living in southern California, Fern grows herbs, peaches, nectarines, figs, blueberries, flowers, and succulents on a west-facing balcony and an east-facing front porch.

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