The Edible Balcony: Growing Fresh Produce in Small Spaces

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Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale, Feb 14, 2012 - Gardening - 160 pages
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You don't need a sprawling backyard or spacious raised beds to grow delicious fruits, vegetables, and herbs of your own. In The Edible Balcony, longtime urban gardener Alex Mitchell shows how to transform whatever space you have, from a balcony or rooftop to a fire escape or window box, into a profusion of fresh, seasonal produce.

While raising your own produce is eco-friendly in itself, you'll learn how to plant, grow, and water as sustainably as possible to ensure your edible Eden remains green and productive all year long. Plus, with a collection of innovative, step-by-step projects for designing colorful pots and plant supports with recycled containers and other household paraphernalia, you'll double your eco-friendliness, avoid hours of shopping, and be able to infuse your space with your own personal flair and style. Who knew saving time, money, and the environment could be so much fun?

A collection of practical advice, fabulous container projects, and stunning examples of how gardeners around the world are successfully transforming urban spaces into abundant fruit and vegetable plots, The Edible Balcony is your guide to creating attractive, responsible, and thoroughly rewarding small space gardens—and perhaps never having to settle for grocery store produce again.

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User Review  - untitled841 - LibraryThing

Beautiful book, loads of advice, covers everything you think you can and can't do on a balcony garden. Excellent tips to help decide what to grow. Read full review

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User Review  - ruric - LibraryThing

Ultimate inspirational handbook for micro-gardening in very small and frequently inhospital places. More of a series of case studies illustrated with gorgeous photos (and text light) than an ... Read full review

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Alex Mitchell is a writer and gardener who has grown her own fruits, vegetables, and herbs for ten years. She is a former gardening columnist for the Sunday Telegraph and the author of The Girl's Guide to Growing Your Own, a book for women with busy lives who want to have fun growing produce no matter how small their space. She lives in London.

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