- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Octopus (15 Mar. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0600615510
- ISBN-13: 978-0600615514
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 1.8 x 25 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crops in Pots: 50 Great Container Projects Using Vegetables, Fruit and Herbs Hardcover – 15 Mar 2007
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"You may fall in love with every project he suggests, or you might
just dip in to learn how densely you can get away with growing- either way,
it's a wonderfully inspiring book."
-- Sunday Review (supp. To the Independent on Sunday)
In the UK alone, 1 in 5 household spaces are flats with little or no outdoor space. There are 59 city farms, nearly 1000 community gardens, 75 school farms and a number of community-managed allotments in the UK. These attract over three million visitors each year.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
I heartily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys growing their own food, especially if they are short of space. You won't ever become self sufficient growing your veg in pots but every bit of homegrown produce is a bonus. Even if it doesn't reach the plate, at least with the help of this book your veg will be great to look at.
Can't wait try out some more ideas next year. I've already started planning!
The recipes are not prescriptive but form very sound guidance allowing you to adapt and experiment as you become more familiar with the plants and varieties out there.
I already had some basic knowledge of growing before buying this book but have never considered growing things to be a particularly complex issue worthy of the song and dance created by some. Even for a beginner I would say that there is enough in this book to provide the basic grounding anyone needs to be relatively successful with their plantings.
If you are inclined to get your nickers in a twist and need a basic Noddy's guide then this is probably not the book for you - but then it doesn't claim to be. There are plenty of books out there that will do the job instead. What this book does do is provide what many others don't - ideas for creating beautiful rather than just practical displays and guidance as to what plants compement each other well. The food recipes are an unusual and welcome addition.
I've got plans to recreate several of the schemes from this book next spring and in the meantime the book keeps coming off the bookshelves because it is just so lovely to look through.
The instructions are clear, succinct and helpful. You don't have to have the exact container that the author uses - you could pick something out of a skip and have the project work just as well. A section at the back has really useful details such as which vegetables need which type of soil, what their peculiarities are, what shade or sun they like and how much moisture they prefer. A section at the front has no-nonsense information on compost, containers and what-you'll-need. I found it simple and easy to follow - not intimidating, and it doesn't expect you to know anything, or make you feel a twit if you don't. There are even recipes for the stuff you'll grow.
I am pottering about in amongst my containers with great confidence this spring, trying to grow things I've never dreamt of trying before, thanks to this book. Buy it, move beyond the sadness of one-tomato-plant-in-a-growbag in the corner of your patio. Have some fun!
There is also a small (and for my purposes insufficient) section on how to look after what you are growing (by type) at the end.
I find the book very light on content and practicalities. It contains less info than a google search and what I wanted perhaps was the sort of practical advice and reference that a grandad might provide.
The projects all look great. I am stuggling to beleive anybody would actually have a go. The book is great for daydreaming in mid-winter so 2 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some very nice ideas here on a range of food which can be grown in containers, some of them very surprising. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Barbara
Another fab crops in pots book to add to my collection nd it relly does workPublished 16 months ago by H. Harriott
I bought this for my sister as I have a copy already. She is really pleased with it and has been showing it to all her friends. Some really good ideas for a mix of flowers and veg. Read morePublished on 4 Jun. 2015 by Cath Buxton