Incredible Vegetables From Self-watering Containers

Incredible Vegetables From Self-watering Containers

Book - 2005
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Shiny green cucumbers; firm, juicy tomatoes; baby lettuces handpicked one salad at a time--these are the tasty benefits of the backyard vegetable garden. But earth gardens are a lot of work. They require a plot of plantable land and a significant time commitment to sowing, watering, weeding, and tending each plant.

Is there a solution? Self-watering containers allow vegetable gardeners--from the casual weekender interested in a tomato plant or two to the very dedicated gardener with limited space--to grow richly producing plants in a controlled, low-maintenance environment.

Lifelong gardener Ed Smith became fascinated with the possibilities of self-watering containers and began testing dozens of vegetables in various containers, experimenting with nutrients, soil mixtures, plant varieties, and container positioning. Now Smith is here to tell gardeners that anyone can grow and enjoy wonderful organic vegetables, using pots with continuous- flow watering systems.

Smith shares advice on choosing appropriate containers, how to provide balanced nutrition using his secret soil formula, and what additional tools benefit the container gardener. The reader will also find advice on starting from seed versus buying plants, which vegetables thrive in containers and which might be a bit more challenging, along with space-saving tips on pairing plants in single containers. After the last green tomato has been picked and is ripening on the windowsill, Smith wraps everything up with a chapter on fall clean-up and preparing for next spring. Now there's really no excuse for store-bought tomatoes!
Publisher: North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2005.
ISBN: 9781580175562
Characteristics: 254 p. :,ill. ;,28 cm.


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trekkiekat May 28, 2018

I love this book! I live in a condo with only a concrete patio so I am limited to container gardening. This book was a great guide for plant types and spacings for various pot sizes. It was helpful while designing my DIY self-watering containers and figuring out how to best fertilize and supplement my potting soil. This is my third year using this book while setting up my garden and the advice has paid off!

May 08, 2011

This book is almost exactly the same as Edward C. Smith's "The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible," so don't bother getting both.

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