Indoor Kitchen Garden

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Harper & Row, 1989 - Gardening - 120 pages
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Explains how to grow tomatoes, melons, potatoes, mushrooms, and other vegetables in a window box or in a container

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This is one of my treasures from the library--a book almost as old as I am, but packed with still-useful information.
The premise of the book is that more and more people live in apartments, some
even without balconies, but they want to grow crops (spot on, Spoczynska!). Beyond the repetitive "lots of sun, moisture-retaining well-draining soil, use compost, mist for extra humidity," the author gives a lot of plant-specific hints (cover some plants during hottest/brightest portion of the day or locate them elsewhere, some plants can be grown either indoors or on a balcony and some really shouldn't go outside, etc.).
Although only a small selection of crops were included in the book (basil, bay, chervil, chives, dill, garlic, marjoram, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme; bean sprouts, mushrooms; cucumber, green onion, tomato, radish, lettuce, land cress, melon; pepper, French bean, runner bean, zucchini, eggplant, spinach; potato, pea, broad bean), she lists a whole heck of a lot of specific varieties noted to be worthwhile within containers or indoors (although I'm not certain how much value that is, because I don't know if the varieties are still available and most suggested varieties are hybrids--I'm more of an heirloom guy). But here, here's the big bonus: Spoczynska lists minimum pot sizes for good growth and harvest. Almost all veggies she listed can be grown in seven-inch pots. Granted, they're often dwarf varieties, but according to her, you can still get a fair harvest. Those pots don't take up much room, and with just a single window sill with three or four pots, one can grow a good range of crops.
Despite one or two typographical and design glitches in the book, I rate it pretty high, if only for the inspirational element and the author's confirmation of my observation that despite growing indoors, plant growth is still often tied to the outside seasons.


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