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Patio Produce: How to Cultivate a Lot of Home-grown Vegetables from the Smallest Possible Space [Paperback]

Paul Peacock
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Book Description

20 April 2009
When space is at a premium as it is for many, growing decent food to eat might seem impossible. "Patio Produce" is about just that; growing delicious, wholesome fruit and vegetables in the smallest spaces. No other book exists that explains sowing, growing, caring, harvesting and cooking the major plant food types with a pot or container in mind. This book is from an experienced and entertaining author who is passionate about enabling people to enjoy and benefit from gardening.

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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Spring Hill (20 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905862288
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905862283
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Our love affair with Lancashire extends to how people can live The Good Life, Almost exclusively, our writing and filming covers these topics - gardening, self sufficiency, making food, beekeeping and chicken keeping and the relationship we humans should have with our environment.

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'If you've ever wondered whether it was possible to grow food in a relatively small space then this is the book for you. ...I wish I'd had a copy of this book when I started out. If you've never had the confidence to grow your own food in a confined space then this book will be a godsend to you. It will get you started without a lot of expense and carry you through the inevitable queries that you'll have.' 'This is an excellent book for the gardener short on space. It covers everything from planning how to get the most from a small area through to harvesting time. It's written in non-technical terms and is a pleasure to read. The book is a self contained mine of information for the amateur and experienced patio gardener. We thoroughly recommend this book for the amateur patio gardener and believe that even experienced gardeners will find it very useful.' 'Ideal for the complete novice.' The Blackmore Vale Magazine. 'Full of creative ideas to inspire you to ditch the supermarket queue...a wealth of knowledge and a host of How to Grow tips.' The North Devon Journal. 'I've looked at a lot of books on container growing vegetables and fruit - this has to be the best one so far.' ' to grow things in wheelie bins as well as window boxes.' Daily Telegraph, Dec 09, Tim Richardson rounds up the best horti-books of 2009. 'Ideal for anyone who wants to grow vegetables in pots & containers. Very practical, tells you all you need to know to get a good harvest of vegetables even if you don't have a 'proper' garden to grow them in. Includes crop by crop details of pot sizes needed, best planting methods etc.'

About the Author

Paul Peacock is Editor of Home Farmer Magazine and has written extensively for the Gardening Press. Educated at Leeds and Manchester universities, Paul has a guiding principle in mind for all his writing: people are at their best when in the garden. He is a prolific author of books on gardening and self-sufficiency.

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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful
Like most people I'd read how growing veg can save you money in these difficult times but didn't think I could do it in my tiny back garden. We've got a strip of grass about 3m by 4m and haven't done anything with it, what with working every hour god sends to pay the bills! This book proves it's possible using a variety of ingenious methods - I've now got carrots growing in a bizarre drainpipe tree affair, lettuce in the window boxes and loads of potatoes in a stack of tyres. The instructions are really simple and clearly presented and the author is so enthusiastic you'll be rushing out to plant peas in your old gym bag! Really great excuse to get me away from the computer too, great book all round!
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
I have several other books by Paul Peacock.. if you are trying to be more self sufficient --- this is the book for you.

He gives very practical ideas about stuff around the house that can be re-used in the garden.. Have you ever thought about planting carrots in an old drainpipe? It works fantastic...and a great use of space....He has a lot of ideas like this... He gives suggestions about flowers that can be planted next to vegetables so that the bugs eat the flowers and not your vegetables!...

This is a guy that "walks his talk..." he lives by his own ideas...and is the magazine editor of a Sustainability magazine in the UK...

Have fun gardening!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cabbages in carrier bags anyone? 12 Jan 2011
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I bought this book to give me some ideas to produce more food in the garden or on the patio as I'm usually an avid flower grower.What a cracking little book! Written in a simple to understand way so no latin terminology which a lot of these books love to use and some fantastic ideas for growing produce in containers. Basically everything is a container! Grow stuff in it! It's a different way of looking at the subject. There's quite a few tips in there too which I was surprised I hadn't thought of. Brilliant book for the beginner and experienced alike. I'm definitely growing cabbages in carrier bags. I mean you only put them in one anyway when you buy them so you might as well grow the buggers in it to start! :-)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars growing vegetables 8 Aug 2010
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This is a very useful little book. It doesn't have glossy coloured pictures but it is very informative, Great for a beginner gardener who wants to try growing vegetables in pots. Good, easy to follow advice. I would recommend it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy for a patio-owner 31 July 2010
I bought this when my daughter moved into a house with no garden - just a back yard. Her gloom at having nothing growing has turned to joy - as, with the help of this splendid book, the yard has become a welcoming and productive patio.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars newly self sufficient in a small way 3 Oct 2010
Smashing book for someone like me with too little time and space to be completely self sufficient. Widened the selection of produce that I can grow in pots - can't wait to start in spring! Very handy to dip into and lots of useful information. Also bought a copy for my father who agrees that its a useful book. Recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Absolute Beginners 4 Jun 2011
A basic, but complete "how-to" guide to vegetable, salad and herb growing.

I knew that I would like to grow salad in containers, but didn't know how to go about it. This book is a great, all-round reference guide for gardening novices (like me), with handy tips and a few novel ideas thrown in.

At first I was a little horrified with the lack of visual instructions, but I found that I didn't actually need them. I know, I know, that's a shocking thing to say. But there's no confusing "gardening speak" here - this book simply and clearly covers everything from when to sow, what varieties you could try and general aftercare. In fact, I felt encouraged to give it go, without feeling as though I needed any specialist equipment, or a degree in horticulture.

If you'd like to try growing veg etc, I cannot recommend this book enough - for me it's been an excellent confidence booster to help me take the plunge. But be warned, it does get quite addictive...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gardnening by the inch.............. 21 Aug 2011
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quick delivery...found book to be very helpful for the small garden & new starter to the world of vegetables...would recomend...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Good Life
This book has given me some good ideas for next year as in what I can grow in pots. As I live in a terraced house with a small back yard this is very important.
Published 4 months ago by chris
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for ideas
This is an OK book for knowing which fruits and vegetables are best for growing in pots and vases alike. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Fair reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I bought this book, great information.
Although it has no photographs in it, the whole book is very well set out. There is practical advice and help for everyone, be it experienced or beginner. My garden is approx. Read more
Published 12 months ago by silverlady
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful
This is a great little book full of useful tips on how to grow produce in a small space. Great!
Published 12 months ago by Nicky
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit dissappointed
I have a small area in which to grow containers of produce, but I didn't find this book as useful as I had hoped in enabling me to make better use of the space
Published 14 months ago by scatterbrain
5.0 out of 5 stars GARDENING BOOK
Published 23 months ago by S. J. Haley
2.0 out of 5 stars Think Twice!
Think twice before spending your money on this book! Having bought it on the recommendation of the reviews and now seen the growing season through, I am sadly disappointed with the... Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2012 by Yaffa
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a single picture or photo!
I was not at all impressed with this book. Why? It did not contain any pictures or photos which in a gardening book seems extraordinary. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2011 by Claire Bear
4.0 out of 5 stars Great content poor quality cover
This is the second copy of this book I've bought. The one I got last year was excellent hence the second purchase for a gift. Read more
Published on 31 May 2011 by Lcie
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful for the novice
Aside from the odd herb on the window sill I hadn't done much gardening before, but suddenly I found myself with a bare patio and a desire for home grown veggies. Read more
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