Teeny Tiny Gardening Hardcover – 14 Feb 2013
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"Teeny Tiny Gardening is horticulture on the smallest of scales. No matter how tiny your space - indoor or outdoor, garden, yard, balcony or even just a windowsill or tabletop - here you will find original, fun and inspiring ideas. The 35 projects range from an elegant fern terrarium and a scented spring bulb basket to fruit bushes planted in catering-sized kitchen pans and a vertical garden of herbs grown on a wooden stepladder. At the tiny end of the scale, there are even miniature tabletop gardens created in eggshells. Whether you are looking for ideas for all year round foliage, hoping to grow your own vegetables and herbs, or planning to brighten up your balcony, Teeny Tiny Gardening will provide all the inspiration and practical knowledge you need." --Living North magazine
"Who needs flowerpots? Whether you're planting indoors or on a windowsill, patio or balcony - or even in a garden with (like mine) minimal flowerbed space - take tips from a lovely new book, Teeny Tiny Gardening by Emma Hardy. It is stuffed with inventive ideas for weeny things you can turn into quirky planters. Such as... I love Hardy's super idea for using eggshells, which are great for indoor foliage. Remove the tops from the empty shells, pinhole the bottoms for drainage and (tea)spoon in compost. Choose small rooted plants such as miniature violas or forget-me-nots and display in good egg cups or an old fashioned wooden holder. For a 'pretty desktop garden', says Hardy, plant in teacups with saucers. Don't fancy drilling the cup bottoms for drainage (or have no saucers)? Then use gravel beneath your soil and beware over watering. Hardy suggests little Alpine plants such as fritillary, primrose and winter aconite. Plastic woven shopping bags lined with bin bags and drainage crocks make excellent colourful indoor or outdoor pot replacements-striking in a charcoal-or white painted room. 'I love the idea of a garden you can move round with you as you go about your day,' says Hardy about planting wildflowers in antique biscuit tins. Where hinged, lids can be propped against a wall, and planting tall things at the back looks best. Terrariums can look a little uber, but Hardy's pretty drinking glasses filled with sand, fine gravel and doll-sized succulents look lovely." --Kate Burt - Independent on Sunday
About the Author
Emma Hardy is a stylist and designer with a background in lifestyle and interiors magazines, including Country Homes and Interiors and Marie Claire. Her previous books include Sewing for Children, Green Crafts for Children, Making Children's Clothes, Quilting in No Time, Sewing in No Time, and Cute and Easy Costumes for Kids, all published by CICO Books.
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This is a pretty book full of ideas for gardening no matter how small your space. There are 35 step-by-step projects, nicely photographed in colour. The book starts with basic techniques - a how-to guide, which is followed by the projects. Each project has a general introduction, a materials list and instructions. Many of the ideas you will have seen before, but I thought this book had enough interesting projects to go ahead and buy.
I have three reservations with this book - on the very first project, Emma tells us to throw away plants that get too big for eggshells; she often does not stress how important good drainage is and how placing planters on lovely surfaces would ruin them and lastly she puts an Aeonium in a tiny glass she calls a terrarium (a true terrarium has a narrow neck and is enclosed, which I believe is essential for the atmosphere created within the jar) - Aeoniums are big plants. So use your own common sense.
I get in a rut of thinking of using only the standard pots and wooden boxes for spring and summer flowers. Hardy, though, uses old trunks, enamel pans, and even a suitcase. She lines up pots on a stepladder and uses a variety of plants in all sorts of unusual ways. Teacups for small flowers and tiny clear glass tumblers for succulents are some of what she grows. Our youngest daughter was struck by the fairy garden, and even made one of her own in a bright green plastic pot. The book is full of ideas that get you excited about looking for your own unusual pots and containers.
'Teeny Tiny Gardening' would be a wonderful addition to any cozy-style gardener.
(i received this book free to review from CICO books)