Patio Produce: How to Cultivate a Lot of Home-grown Vegetables from the Smallest Possible Space Paperback – 20 Apr 2009
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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.'www.thebookbag.co.uk. '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.' www.gardenaction.co.uk. '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.' www.lowcostliving.co.uk. '...how 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.' www.realseeds.co.uk.
About the Author
Paul Peacock is Editor of Home Farmer Magazine, has written extensively for the Gardening Press and is a prolific author of books on gardening and selfsufficiency. A botanist by education, Paul has a guiding principle in mind for all his writing: people are at their best when in the garden. He and his wife Diana practise self-sufficiency in Manchester - which goes to show that you don't need land to live the good life.
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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!
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...
You will be much better off buying "Plots, Pots and Containers" for more consistent results and better, satisfying yields of produce.
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Having recently moved to a house with a patio, I'm finding this book invaluable. Everything is explained simply and the alternative growing receptacles (not pricey pots from the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mags
Excellently presented information on the vsrious methods of growing your own fruit and veg using various materials. Easy to follow and understand. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robster
Lovely book, very pleased with it and can't wait to start growingPublished 10 months ago by Christine Burridge