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Crops in Pots: 50 Great Container Projects Using Vegetables, Fruit and Herbs Hardcover – 15 Mar 2007

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  • 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)
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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)

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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.

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I've thoroughly enjoyed leafing through this colourful and inspirational book. I never realised veg growing could be so much fun or that they could look so good. I've tried several of the ideas in my garden this year and have been pretty successful. In fact, considering I've only been gardening for a couple of years and I only have a tiny courtyard, I'm really very pleased. The 'tumbling toms' and 'potted potager' worked particularly well.

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!
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I bought this book for myself after birthday hints failed and what a treat it is. It is one of those books that is both beautiful and inspiring, providing lots of practical suggestions for creating stunning displays of edible plants - vital wghen you have minimal space.

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.
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I have really enjoyed reading and dipping into this thoughtful book. It's an inspiring variety of beautiful container projects that instantly make you want to start grubbing about and planting great things to eat. Plus, did I mention? They look FABulous....

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!
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This book is just what I've been looking for. Tells you how to easily grow fruit & veg with a tiny amount of space. The "Edible Container Garden" book wasn't anywhere near as good. Hardly any plans for pots and not nearly as clear and easy to do.
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For your money, you get 1 page of glossy photo, and 1 page explanation of how to achieve and a recipe. These are all relatively complex - don't expect simple guidance on the soil for growing peppers, aubergine or tomato in a pot. i.e. the practical advice you need to get started.

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.
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As usual delivery was spot on. The content of Crops in Pots is extremely helpful as I am not an experienced gardener, it has given me some very helpful information. I have now vegetables in pots growing! I am so pleased thanks very much!
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I initially came across this book at a friends house & she let me borrow it, I liked it so much I just had to get my own. I wanted to try growing veg & herbs in pots as someone had told me they had great success. Being new to growing this type of produce I needed some info & this book has inspired me to even get some redcurrant plants. The pots look so lovely I may become obsessed. Brill ideas for companion planting so the pots look stylistic as well as being functional. I have already started on my pots & got more to do. I did buy another book on the same theme but this one is far better.
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