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Posted 12 months ago by Jessica H

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Small-Space Gardening is an activity everyone can enjoy with just a little creativity! With specialized small-space garden kits available commercially at local home stores for do-it-yourselfers, this can be done in even the smallest spaces with some ingenuity.

Window box gardening can make curb appeal appetizing.  Or think outside of the box, balcony or patio gardening can accommodate a variety of edibles in any container imaginable. Vertical gardening makes room for more. With endless possibilities results can be amazing!

Taking a little time and effort, a small-space garden can mean big rewards. The yield of a small-space garden can be as big as you’d like it to be. Reap what you’ve sown and enjoy the satisfaction of mastering gardening while starting small.

Creative Gardening Books and eBooks to Inspire Your Creativity

Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet: Inventive Ideas for Growing Food in a Small Space] by DK Publishing

"Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet: Inventive Ideas for Growing Food in a Small Space" by DK Publishing

Guides readers on growing a vegetable, fruit, and herb garden in less than three square feet of soil and provides tips on choosing the right plants, companion planting, vertical gardening, and handling common garden pests.

The downsized veggie garden : how to garden small wherever you live, whatever your space / Kate Copsey

"The Downsized Veggie Garden: How to Garden Small Wherever You Live, Whatever Your Space" by Kate Copsey

Small is beautiful, and integrating a small, easy-to-manage garden into hectic everyday life is easy. In The Right-Size Vegetable Garden, low maintenance is the mantra. And so is making smart, creative use of the space we have – whether it’s outdoors, indoors, in-ground, in containers, on a balcony railing…or even going vertical. Garden expert Kate Copsey takes the reader season-by-season, plant-by-plant, with essential tips about soil, seed-starting, plant choices, non-chemical fertilizing, watering, choosing the right containers, veggie garden planning and planting, and much more. This fully illustrated book is a one-stop guide for the beginner gardener or the downsizing gardener.

Small Space Garden Ideas by Philippa Pearson

"Small Space Garden Ideas: Create Your Dream Garden on a Windowsill, Wall, Step, Staircase, Balcony or Patio" by Philippa Pearson

Perfect for people who have little space to garden, whether a doorstep, balcony, or part of a wall. Small Space Garden Ideas is full of creative ideas for making use of every growing space available.

From windowsills and hanging baskets to rooftop containers and vertical gardens, Small Space Garden Ideas shows you how to create a dream garden, through step-by-step projects from start to finish.

The complete idiot's guide to small-space gardening / by Chris McLaughlin

"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Small-Space Gardening" by Chris McLaughlin

Grow the garden you want in the space you have! This guide gives you all the knowledge you need to sow, tend, and reap the rewards of a small-space garden.

Urban gardening for dummies / Paul Simon, Charlie Nardozzi, and the editors of the National Gardening Association

"Urban Gardening For Dummies" by Paul Simon, Charlie Nardozzi and the editors of the National Gardening Association

Covering square-foot gardening and vertical and layered gardening, this excellent resource shows how to make the most of limited space through the use of proven small-space gardening techniques, and includes guidance on pest management, irrigation and rain barrels and small-space composting.

Beginner's illustrated guide to gardening : techniques to help you get started / Katie Elzer-Peters

"Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardening: Techniques to Help You Get Started" by Katie Elzer-Peters

"Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardenin"g is a one-stop, easy to understand, beautifully designed book with step-by-step instructions and photographs for every important gardening and landscaping technique. New homeowners with no prior knowledge of landscape care will learn how to turn their yards from weedy, overgrown patches to gorgeous landscapes that are the envy of their neighbors. Young gardeners or new gardeners will learn - the right way - how to take care of everything from perennials to shrubs to their vegetable gardens, ensuring success the first time around.

Success with small-space gardening / Graham Clarke

"Success With Small-Space Gardening" by Graham Clarke

If all you have is a shady courtyard, a windy balcony or a sun-baked patio, you can still make the most of what you've got. Small gardens can be every bit as breathtakingly beautiful as any large plot-- in fact, they can be even better.

Edible spots & pots : small-space gardens for growing vegetables and herbs in containers, raised beds, and more / Stacey Hirvela

"Edible Spots & Pots: Small-Space Gardens for Growing Vegetables and Herbs in Containers, Raised Beds and More" by Stacey Hirvela

Offers advice for growing vegetables and herbs in small spaces, raised beds, and containers, as well as instructions for projects intended to personalize and accent garden spaces.

Also available in eBook.

Container gardens : over 200 fresh ideas for indoor and outdoor plantings / by the editors of Southern Living

"Container Gardens: Over 200 Fresh Ideas for Indoor and Outdoor Plantings" by the editors of Southern Living

Whether your looking to add some life to your windowsills or spruce up your garden or porch, this practical and inspirational container gardening guide is a must-have tool that suits all spaces and skill levels. Find charming plant combinations for every area of our home, including your entryways, outdoor spaces, hanging containers, vertical gardens, and edible plantings.

Pot It, Grow It, Eat It Home-grown Produce from Pot to Pan by Kathryn Hawkins

"Pot It, Grow It, Eat It: Home-grown Produce from Pot to Pan" by Kathryn Hawkins

What can be more satisfying than growing your own fruit and veg and then eating it, fresh from the pot? Growing your own produce needn't be limited to those with large gardens or acres of outdoor space. It may be surprising to discover that a whole range of vegetables, salads, herbs and fruit can be grown in limited spaces, such as windowsill containers, pots, small front or back gardens and balconies. Divided into three main chapters, the first section looks at what you can grow, the tools and materials you'll need, choosing the right containers as well as where to site them for optimum results. Next follows an A - Z vegetable, herb and fruit directory, with each entry listing planting, siting, maintenance and harvesting details, along with storing and freezing instructions. Explanatory step-by-step photographs and a picture of the plant in situ will also feature for each entry. Finally, the recipes chapter showcases recipes using the produce you've grown yourself. Twenty-five fresh, simple recipes for starters, mains and puddings round off this practical but beautiful book.

Container Gardening Complete - Creative Projects for Growing Vegetables and Flowers in Small Spaces by Jessica Walliser

"Container Gardening Complete: Creative Projects for Growing Vegetables and Flowers in Small Spaces" by Jessica Walliser

The ideal book for urban gardeners, indoor gardeners, and vegetable gardeners, "Container Gardening Complete" is a thorough visual guide that will get you growing quickly! Whether you are growing vegetables, fruits, or flowers on an apartment balcony; creating a small vegetable garden for personal use; or decorating steps and walkways, "Container Gardening Complete" has everything you need to know to be successful. The methods described in this book are foolproof and easy to follow, with step-by-step directions and photographs, scalable projects for differing needs, and many great ideas for up-scaled containers from things you have around your home. You'll get to know the ins and outs of gardening in a small space, from the importance of drainage, irrigation, and other watering concerns to ornamental combinations of plants, and the very best vegetables, fruits, and non-edibles for container gardening. This is the best, most complete book on the market for container gardening.

Also available in eBook.

The edible balcony - Growing Fresh Produce in Small Spaces by Alex Mitchell [eBook]

"The Edible Balcony: Growing Fresh Produce in Small Spaces" by Alex Mitchell

You don't need a sprawling backyard or spacious raised beds to grow delicious fruits, vegetables and herbs of your own. In "The Edible Balcony," longtime urban gardener Alex Mitchell shows how to transform whatever space you have, from a balcony or rooftop to a fire escape or window box, into a profusion of fresh, seasonal produce. While raising your own produce is eco-friendly in itself, you'll learn how to plant, grow and water as sustainably as possible to ensure your edible Eden remains green and productive all year long. Plus, with a collection of innovative, step-by-step projects for designing colorful pots and plant supports with recycled containers and other household paraphernalia, you'll double your eco-friendliness, avoid hours of shopping, and be able to infuse your space with your own personal flair and style. Who knew saving time, money, and the environment could be so much fun?

A collection of practical advice, fabulous container projects, and stunning examples of how gardeners around the world are successfully transforming urban spaces into abundant fruit and vegetable plots. "The Edible Balcony" is your guide to creating attractive, responsible, and thoroughly rewarding small space gardens--and perhaps never having to settle for grocery store produce again.

Small-Space Vegetable Gardens by Andrea Bellamy

"Small-Space Vegetable Gardens: Growing Great Edibles in Containers, Raised Beds and Small Plots" by Andrea Bellamy

"Small-Space Vegetable Gardens" explains the basics of growing a bounty of edibles in a minimal amount of space. Andrea Bellamy, author of the award-winning blog Heavy Petal, shares all the knowledge she's gained from years of gardening small: how to find and assess a space, and how to plan and build a garden. Bellamy also highlights the top sixty edible plants and offers complete information on how to sow, grow, and harvest them. This hardworking and enthusiastic guide teaches gardeners how to take advantage of the space they have-whether it's a balcony, a patio, a plot in a community garden, or even a small yard-to create the food garden of their dreams.

Also available in eBook.

Get Kids Involved in the Garden

We have resources for all ages, so little learners are able to grow right along with the garden.

All new square foot gardening with kids : learn together: gardening basics, science and math, water conservation, self-sufficiency, healthy eating / Mel Bartholomew

"All New Square Foot Gardening With Kids" by Mel Bartholomew

Square foot gardening (SFG) is based on a grid of 1-foot squares, offering numerous opportunities for lessons in math, science and other subjects. Includes suggestions for activities.

Also available in eBook.

Gardening Lab For Kids 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden by Renata Fossen Brown

"Gardening Lab For Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play and Enjoy Your Garden" by Renata Fossen Brown

A refreshing source of ideas to help your children learn to grow their own garden, this book encourages families to enjoy nature. It features 52 fun and creative plant-related activities set into weekly lessons.

Also available in eBook.

The Book Of Gardening Projects For Kids - 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun by Whitney Cohen and John Fisher

"The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty and Having Fun" by Whitney Cohen and John Fisher

Many gardeners find that once they have children gardening goes the way of late-night dinner parties and Sunday morning sleep-ins. Raising kids and maintaining a garden can be a juggling act, leaving the family garden forgotten and neglected. But kids can make great gardening companions, and the benefits of including them are impossible to ignore. Gardening gets kids outdoors and away from television and video games, increases their connection to plants and animals, and helps build enthusiasm for fresh fruits and vegetables. Their involvement becomes the real harvest of a family garden.

In "The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids," Whitney Cohen and John Fisher draw on years of experience in the Life Lab Garden Classroom and gardening with their own children to teach parents how to integrate the garden into their family life, no matter its scope or scale. The book features simple, practical gardening advice, including how to design a play-friendly garden, ideas for fun-filled theme gardens, and how to cook and preserve the garden's bounty. 101 engaging, family-friendly garden activities are also featured, from making Crunch-n-Munch Vegetable Beds and Muddy Miniature Masterpieces to harvesting berries for Fresh Fruity Pops. This step-by-step guide to working side-by-side with kids will inspire all parents to grow their own little gardener and to get dirty, plant seeds, and enjoy the garden's delicious rewards.

Rocks, dirt, worms & weeds : a fun, user-friendly illustrated guide to creating a vegetable or flower garden with your kids / Jeff Hutton

"Rocks, Dirt, Worms & Weeds: A Fun, User-Friendly Illustrated Guide to Creating a Vegetable or Flower Garden With Your Kids" by Jeff Hutton

Let writer and gardener Jeff Hutton show you and your kids how to grow your own food and your favorite flowers, attract butterflies, create crafts, and more. Teach your children how to start garden seeds indoors as well as how to prepare soil, plant seeds, and transplant seedlings. Additionally, there are over a dozen fun recipes and instructions for making stepping stones, decorating egg carton planters, planting a sunflower maze, and much more. Parents and children are sure to have a blast in the garden all year round!

Also available in eBook.

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