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Years ago, I was stuck in a second and third floor apartment with only a tiny ground area to park our car. People told me I couldn't garden in containers. Thankfully, I ignored their unsolicited advice. I was able to grow Brandywine tomatoes, cucumbers, etc... (until my landlord whacked the cucumbers with his string trimmer).
So, when I found "McGee and Stuckey's Bountiful Container", I was overjoyed. No more trial and error on my part (even though I'm a big fan of the scientific method). I could now provide optimal conditions for all my plants and save some time, energy, and money.
I often recommend this book to people as the container gardener's bible. It's well-organized (with a table of contents and index), easy to read, and provides a useful list of resources for the container gardener.
I love this book!! I first got interested in gardening this past March. I only have a patio and just wanted to try a tomato and pepper plant. I purchased this book and completely became a gardening fanatic. So much so that I requested some space in my parents garden at their home. I also have given them advice on their gardening. It is the book to give to anyone who you would like to get into gardening. It's informative, easy to understand, and interesting enough to read cover to cover. Plus all you need it's some pots and any place with full sun.
This is my favorite book on gardening. It is detailed and extremely informative. A must have for anyone considering edible container gardening.
My sister loaned me her copy, I kept it for 6 months, got it all dog-eared and then bought her a new one because I knew I did not want to give it back to her. A great find!
An excellent guide for growing plants in containers. The book has information for both the novice and experienced grower, with low-cost alternatives for supplies.
They have sections for vegetables, herbs, flowers, and even some fruit. Everything I tried worked well. In particular, growing carrots in Rubbermaid Roughtotes(tm) made care and harvesting very easy. I'm still eating fresh carrots from last summer!
This is my 'bible' on container gardening. General info on container gardening plus detailed instructions for planting various vegetables, herbs, flowers in containers. You will find that you refer back to it often! For the paperback version you can't beat the price also!
Can I give this book 4 stars? Five stars? I would do it in a heart beat! Although specifically geared toward container gardening edibles, the expert advice of the authors has made it an overall reference book for me. Mine has become tattered and potting-soil stained from lots of use! I recommend this as a wonderful reference book for anyone planting herbs, edible flowers, fruits & vegetables...whether in a container or not!
Living in a walk up apartment with no yard and a small balcony limited me to herbs and a sad tomato plant or two, I thought, until I found the Bountiful Container. This book gives sage, detailed advice on what you can grow on your balcony- a feast for the stomach and the senses. Tons of suggestions on how to plant in containers, what varieties work in small spaces, how to combine plants in theme containers, and a whole section on edible flowers that I'd never even thought of as food before! Definately inspiring.
I bought this book new from Amazon a few weeks ago and it was around $15 dollars. Next to joining this web site it was the best money I have spent in a long time. IT is the most wonderful book on growing things period veggies herbs anything but especially designed for the container gardener.
Herb ..fruits ..flowers veggies are all there. The chapters on planning and managing your space and what you really need from the bottom up are all included. I love the way the book is laid out and the info is top notch. Even if you never plan to container garden buy this book It is a great read. Lord, I sound like a commercial. BEVERLY