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Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage & Herbs
 
 
Author
Fern Richardson.
Publisher Timber Press  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
ISBN 9781604692419
Pages/Publication Date 186/2012
Daedalus Item Code 30465
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If your balcony or patio is basically a concrete slab populated with plastic chairs and an old grill, Fern Richardson wants to help you give it a makeover, however small your space or budget. The creator of the popular blog LifeOnTheBalcony.com, Richardson combines practical gardening fundamentals with creative solutions that encourage thinking outside the pot, whether repurposing a shipping pallet to support a colorful vertical garden of nasturtiums and lobelia, or laying down checkerboard tiles to establish an "outdoor room." Walls, rafters, railings, and everything else is fair game for mounting garden containers, from which you can cultivate your own food, attract beneficial insects, or grow flowering vines for privacy.

"Filled with useful information, but written in a relaxed, chatty style, this is a great cover-to-cover read, while also working well as a reference guide if you're looking for specific tips, such as container plants that attract butterflies."—Susan Morrison

"You don't need a yard in the suburbs to surround yourself with homegrown beauty and produce. Richardson, writer of an award-winning blog about gardening in tiny spaces, offers a comprehensive approach to getting started on a balcony or wee patio. The book is organized by principles (color, weather, wildlife, pests, etc.), which is particularly helpful for those just starting container gardening. For them, the book is filled with resources: planting schemes, do-it-yourself projects, short appendixes.... The author's attention to succulents is distinctive; those forgiving plants lend themselves to the container gardening environment. Gardeners living in less mild climates than Richardson's Southern California should remember that whatever is too delicate to winter outside must be hauled indoors for the duration.... That said, container gardening is flexible, and Richardson makes it verdant, affordable, and fun."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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