Apartment Gardening

Apartment Gardening

Plants, Projects, and Recipes for Growing Food in your Urban Home

eBook - 2011
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No yard? No problem. With more than 80 percent of the American population living in urban areas, Urban Pantry author Amy Pennington details how to start your own garden in the heart of the city. Whether you're a veteran gardener or a novice getting your hands dirty for the first time, this book provides hands-on advice to start using urban space in a sustainable, efficient, and inexpensive manner. Learn how to creatively grow squash on windowsills, flowers in planter boxes, and cucumbers on trellises: every inch of your home offers an opportunity for something planted, pickled, or preserved. Be a part of the rapidly growing do-it-yourself movement! Pennington's friendly voice paired with Kate Bingham-Burt's illustrations make greener living an accessible reality. - Publisher.
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Sasquatch Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9781570618017
1570618011
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 181 p.) : ill.

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callmemissm
Mar 02, 2019

A beginner’s guide through-and-through. We’re talking the basics of soil, how plants root, and planting in containers. If that’s what you need, this book is a good choice. I think it would be well-suited for older children that have just shown an interest in gardening.

That said, for adults, the author doesn’t present the material in the most concise, approachable way. She’s a blogger, and she’s tried to use blog styling in a book. It doesn’t work well. Everything is in chunky paragraphs with very few pictures or quick references.

Too much of the book is dominated by recipes and tertiary projects like beekeeping, which few apartment gardeners would be allowed to do. The opportunity to explore valuable options, such as gardening indoors under lights or green walls, is missed.

When I see a book titled “Apartment Gardening,” I expect some information on space and site maximization (like what plants for what exposures, for instance). This isn’t much more than a rudimentary container gardening book. There isn’t information on companion planting (critical for containers in which heavy feeders are competing even more than usual) or combining vegetables and ornamentals for attractive containers. Also neglected are important considerations like making sure your patio garden doesn’t rain compost drainage on your downstairs neighbors.

All in all, it’s a nice idea that isn’t well thought out. You’d be better off getting a book on creative container/small space/patio gardening.

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misatim
Dec 09, 2017

Half the book is the author's fav recipes. You are told what soil needs to grow plants and what you can grow in an apartment. Which is mostly herbs. If you have a yard to garden this book would help, but for small space gardening this is not the book. My landlord would never allow me to hang eaves troughs with holes drilled in the bottom on his walls. And I am sure she wouldn't allow her tenants to either. So filled with good ideas but not practical for apartments. In addition, the writing is of poor quality and littered with cultural slang that I had to look up. She seemed to be trying to be too cool, rather than good advice.

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VRMurphy
Feb 12, 2015

Might be nice as a gift, tucked into a basket of gardening supplies, for someone who had never grown anything before.

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K7lleyv
Sep 17, 2014

This is a good quick start guide. But...I'd rate this: Apartment dwellers-disgression advised. Make sure it's OK to house honey bees on your patio/deck! Make sure that water/dirt from your containers doesn't spill onto someone else's doorstep or patio etc.

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brownmf1
Nov 01, 2011

Local author--so the advice she gives is actually relevant to PNW gardeners. It's a fun how-to on getting started in gardening. I didn't feel it was particularly revolutionary, but certainly did get me excited for gardening in my little urban space.

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callmemissm
Mar 02, 2019

A basic beginner’s guide to gardening geared toward patio gardeners.

In this book, you’ll find an overview of all the basics such as ready-made containers, understanding soil and fertilizer, watering, what plants the author has successfully grown in a small space, a few DIYs, and some recipes.

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