How to turn an urban yard or balcony into a productive vegetable garden
These days consumers are more eager to enjoy organic, pesticide-free foods and thus to try homegrown. And as food prices grow, or in times of recession, people increasingly want to grow their own vegetables.
Incredible Edibles: 43 Fun Things to Grow in the City (May 2010, $14.95 paperback) is for anyone who wants to grow vegetables, fruit or herbs but has a small gardening space. Sonia Day offers clear advice on plants for people who are learning, who have little time or who need quick guidance even if they’ve already gardened.
Day focuses only on edible plants that can feasibly be grown in a city setting. She features 43 “hassle-free” plants and provides step-by-step instructions on how to start and maintain an organic edible garden. These edible plants adapt well to growing in containers and small gardens in average and northern climates. She also provides recommendations for the best varieties and suggests alternatives.
As Day says, “Whether you live in a house with a regular garden, an apartment with a deck out back, a condo with a balcony, or you’re part of a community gardening effort, any of these selections can be attempted by beginners with a minimum of hassle and expense.”
Easy-glance sidebars describe:
? Degree of difficulty
? Growing requirements
? Where, when and how to grow
? Methods and special requirements
? Common problems
? When to harvest and how to store.
There are also lists of important things to remember, simple and tasty recipes, practical tips and personal anecdotes and readily available sources for seeds and seedlings.
“Time and effort are necessary, of course, but taking the plunge into ‘incredible edibles’ is a relaxing way to escape from the stresses of urban living. It’s also fun, endless satisfying and, wow, that homegrown produce will impress your friends,” says Day.
Incredible Edibles will give urban gardeners everywhere the knowledge and confidence to grow and enjoy fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit.
About the author: Sonia Day is a gardening columnist for the Toronto Star and author of several popular gardening books. She is a Master Gardener.
Incredible Edibles: 43 fun Things to Grow in the City By Sonia Day, photography by Barrie Murdock Firefly Books / May 2010 $14.95 paperback 128 pages / 75 color photographs, recipes, recommended seed and plant sources, index 978-1-55407-624-6
Available at bookstores, online booksellers or from www.fireflybooks.com