Hello again, savvy savers! Today finds us with a new product review, and this time the The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden: Grow Tons of Organic Vegetables in Tiny Spaces and Containers, by Karen Newcomb.
I have always grown up around those who garden, preserve, and enjoy working in their yards. With this in mind, when I first started vegetable gardening, upon moving into our home three years ago, I began gardening. As a married couple, my husband and I garden together, and were reasonably successful, feeding our families the best we could. Looking back it seems that in the long run, the effort it took to till and prepare that big garden plot, and then maintain all the weeding it required, was not really worth the amount of vegetables we harvested.
Recently, we found a wonderful book, The Postage Stamp Garden, and began to use raised beds. They were a huge time saver for us and thanks to that book our harvests really increased. As a new gardener, it was one of my favorite books to learn about growing techniques for the vegetables I wanted to eat.
In the book you will:
- Learn the basic principles of small garden design.
- Get 11 garden plans that can be incorporated into your yard. These range in size from 4×4 feet to 8×10 feet.
- Learn about plant spacing and how to get the maximum number of vegetables and herbs growing in the space you have.
- Understand crop rotation principles and how to begin them in your postage stamp garden.
- Begin to incorporate window sills, window boxes and patio containers into your garden plan.
- Know the quality of soil you need and how to amend it so earthworms will arrive.
Moreover, this book goes through every conceivable thing you might want to know about growing every conceivable vegetable. There are 7.5 pages devoted just to beans. It starts with a general description of the vegetable, whether it is a cool or warm season crop and if it will be good to grow in a postage stamp garden. The author goes in depth about planting, crop-stretching, typical problems, growing tips, harvesting, storage and recommended varieties, too!
If you are a new gardener – this is for you.
To find out more about this book, click here!