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McGee & Stuckey's Bountiful Container: A Container Garden of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits and Edible Flowers

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  649 ratings  ·  99 reviews
With few exceptions-such as corn and pumpkins-everything edible that's grown in a traditional garden can be raised in a container. And with only one exception-watering-container gardening is a whole lot easier. Beginning with the down-to-earth basics of soil, sun and water, fertilizer, seeds and propagation, The Bountiful Container is an extraordinarily complete, plant-by- ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Workman Publishing Company
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Dec 16, 2013 Louise rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: gardeners
This is THE book to get if you want to plant edible plants in a container. It doesn't have *everything* like weird strains of heirloom tomatoes, but it's a good general book telling you when you should plant something, how big the container, how much sun, etc. It's also full of helpful tidbits and even a list of places where you can order seeds in the back.
This is a wonderful book and a must have for anyone who wants to have a container garden. Its written in a very friendly manner but is just packed with useful information and ideas on what plants to group together for certain foods you would like and troubleshooting tips specifically for plants in containers in small spaces. The way the book is broken up is great, with the first two sections with the how-tos and whys of container gardening and then vegetables, herbs, fruits and edible flowers ea ...more
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
My next hobby....which I have not started yet is growing vegetables in containers. I was amazed at what my dad grew on the patio of his apartment, yes apartment. I truly regret not learning this skill from him before he passed away. I have checked out many booms on the subject, and they mostly deal with flowers. Most of this book is devoted to vegetables, and it contains ideas that do not serm to cost a lot of money. It has information on everything from weather, to fertilizer, to recipes. I pla ...more
Just trying to get a head start on our deck garden this year. But, just because I'm reading a gardening book doesn't mean I'm tired of winter. Let it Snow!

Now that it's mid-April and I've already got my first crop of spinach, carrots, basil, and beets in the yard garden I can start concentrating on the deck containers. I'm going to plant pole beans on the railing planters and let them vine their way up some fencing attached to the roof. This will create a nice, natural shade for sitting on the d
This book is a fantastic resource for anyone who would like to grow edible plants in containers. From vegetables, to herbs, to fruit, and edible flowers, this book covers the range of just about any plant that you can eat and also grow in containers. It gives practical advice about sun, water, etc. that you would expect from a gardening book but also covers concerns specific to containers, such as recommended soil depth.

I have recommended this book to many friends and do so here too.
Oct 08, 2007 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: garden but you're short on space
Shelves: gardening, favorites
This is another favorite on my gardening bookshelf. This is a great book for those that love gardens but don't have lots of space. Warning: those containers need to be watered more than plants that are in the ground but if you're short on space this book is a must-have!! There are recipes sprinkled throughout the book and their are suggestions on different types of gardens (example: herb garden, hummingbird garden,etc.) I love this book and it will another one that I will be re-reading this wint ...more
I cannot recommend this book more highly to anyone interested in starting a garden in a small space. My NYC apartment has a patio, a four foot by twelve foot patch of concrete, and I was interested in growing things to eat but didn't have the slightest idea where to begin. On my own, I managed a few tasty jalapenos, an eggplant that never ripened, and a single sad bell pepper. After reading this book, I was able to select seeds, plants, soil, fertilizer, and containers that made the best use of ...more
Sergiu Burlacu
Even though I think this is a good starting kit for anyone interested in growing food in containers, in my opinion many important topics like building good soil, composting and others are neglected. This is a great book resource for people who want to grow vegetables but don't really wish to understand the whole process of growing food. For those who want to go more in depth I don't think this book provides it.
Grandma Judy
Good book with essential information for gardening in containers, including what to have in your potting mix (essential nutrients), good organic fertilizers, savings seeds, and information about different plants. I might add that a good potting mix would be using all or part compost, with a few added nutrients that she mentions (greensand & superphosphate). Add crushed eggshells (she explains how to dry them) to bottom of planting hole, add plant & cover with your soil. Dribble liquid se ...more
Mar 04, 2008 Matriarchy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: folks looking to expand their production of edibles
Shelves: garden
I am planning to move within the next six months. I didn't want to give up having a kitchen garden, but I also didn't want to leave it behind if we moved in the middle of the summer - so I am planning a garden I can take with me, if needed. Containerizing will also allow me to get plants up off the ground, where critters are less likely to eat my lettuce and spinach down to the ground as soon as it is established!

I got this from the library, but now I need to buy it for my bookshelf. Too much i
A must have resource for any container gardener. The illustrations are lovely although they're in black and white. The information contained is well laid out, easy to understand and bountiful. This resource gave me what I needed to now have a thriving herb garden on my fire escape in my urban environment.
This is a wonderful book that covers all the basics of container gardening. It includes some diagrams/instructions for large containers with multiple plantings, as well as information for how to grow a single type of plant by itself in a container.

In addition to the general info on container gardening, the authors have drawn up an extensive section with information that simply covers how to grow different types of veggies - all the basic info (varieties, sun/shade, how much water) etc, useful bo
This is a fantastic resource for someone wanting to container garden (and even someone with a traditional garden will find it useful). I actually read it cover to cover. Even though I already had a plan for what I was growing this year I was convinced to buy some plants just because their descriptions in the book were so intriguing. The book is broken into vegetables, herbs, fruit, and flowers. All of the varieties listed are edible and can grow in a container. I borrowed this from the library, ...more
Mar 14, 2010 Brigid rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: first-time gardeners, gardeners who live in apartments, health nuts
This book was invaluable for me this year as I put in my little container garden. The authors lay out all the information in a thorough, yet condensed, manner, allowing for easy reference and practical application. It is divided up into four different sections: vegetables, herbs, fruits and edible flowers. McGee and Stuckey both write clearly but with an enjoyable amount of humor. Reading the book was almost like having a conversation with someone who knows a lot more about gardening than I do. ...more
Tim McCarty
I've been reading this book to set up a small garden using some space that's available in my NJ residence. The container approach is probably the only viable technique for me, considering that deer can and will eat about anything, especially edibles.

The writing style is fun and readable, and offers a good overview of most vegetables that are viable for containers. I get the feeling some details are more specific to varieties of each vegetable, but that is what the seed packet and for the interne
One of the best vegetable gardening books full stop. Recommended for all veg gardeners, not just for containers.
Jun 16, 2009 Shanan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shanan by: personal interest
Shelves: hobbies
I have just started the process of learning more about gardening--vegetable gardening in particular. This book was wonderful for me. They give you ideas for questions to ask yourself as you go through the steps of planning a good container garden. My one problem is that I live in Arizona which makes general books like this to follow to the letter--our summers are not like the ones typically discussed in this book. So I am still looking for information about vegetable gardening in Arizona in part ...more
I love this book. It's not one I'll read cover-to-cover since it's a reference book of sorts, but I love to flip through it, and right now I'm reading the introductory how-to chapters. It's got great recipes, themed container gardens you can create, and endless advice and ideas about creating the most garden you can in limited spaces. I have room for a larger garden, but I've got two little patios that I'd like to spruce up with herbs and flowers in containers. I guess I just have spring fever, ...more
Jan 17, 2008 Kiriko is currently reading it
Haven't even made it a fourth of the way through this one. I bought it because I want to fill my apartment with edible plants, and I've gained some interesting tips and insights (kale is easy to grow indoors because it doesn't need a lot of light, for example), but it seems to actually be tailored to people who actually have balcony or some sort of outdoor space. Which I don't. If anything though it's been inspiring me to continue my indoor gardening project, and it does have a lot of useful inf ...more
Jul 02, 2008 Vanessa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who love gardening
Recommended to Vanessa by: library shelf
Shelves: nonfiction
I borrowed this from the library, but when I graduate from college, I will buy a copy for myself because it is my dream to have an urban garden... And some day, I will have the money, time, and space to grow vegetables and fruits in and/or outside the apartment where I live, in containers. For now I'll just try to raise an herb garden.

These ladies have so much wisdom to impart about container gardening. It's easy to understand and organized well, and just about every question you can ask of a bo
I really liked this book and wished I could have had a chance to use it a bit more. It's really very comprehensive for anyone trying to grow edible things in pots. They thoroughly explain the ins and outs of container gardening in the first half. For the rest, they list the edible plants in alphabetical order, giving you summaries of their growing needs, details on their varieties, and happily, some new recipes to try along with them. (My favorite sections were on peas and string beans.)

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love this book!! i can't wait till spring at ft knox. i want the garden NOW!!

after reading this book, i feel that i can successfully do some container gardening. this book not only covers container, soil, tools, tips, fertilizers; it tells you about the plants that go in them. it's not written to be too technical. rose and maggie give you so many options so that your garden can be just that, yours! they have really made a great book that answers all my questions. i would very much suggest this b
Brittany M.
Warmly written, this is a gently enriching primer on container gardening. I wanna hang out with the ladies who wrote this book! It’s been very helpful in my tentative entry into gardening on my apartment’s tiny balcony, and I think I’ll have to order a used copy off of Amazon when I have the extra cash.
McGee & Stuckey provide tons of helpful instructions, recipes, and ideas for growing and harvesting vegetables from containers. There is a section on the most common kinds of veggies, herbs, and edible flowers, with directions specific to containers. My absolute favorite parts, though, are the ideas for "theme gardens" incorporating several different plants into a container or group of container. These examples really encouraged me to think beyond the concept of one-pot-one-plant.
This is a fabulous book for anyone who is unfortunate enough to not have an actual garden. I used this last summer to help establish my container garden on my patio and it did not steer me wrong. I can't say that all my fruits and veggies were a total success, but that was more because of bunnies and squirrels than bad advice. There are tons of tips for a variety of produce and suggestions for the best varieties. It is a great reference guide that you will refer to often.
Excellent and informative book. This is marketed squarely to people like me who want to grow food and nothing else. Every plant in this book has at least one edible part. The only drawback is the lack of attention to regional growing areas outside the U.S.A. This drawback isn't important, really, since regional issues are easily researched on the internet. A humane and witty read, this book is a classic of home and limited-space gardening.
Dec 01, 2007 Hope rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: nature
A nice reference book for those of us who can't plant a full garden. It covers most aspects of container gardening, except what you are supposed to do about the soil once the crop is finished. And we haven't been successful with several plants that they recommend. I guess that isn't really their fault (so it isn't affecting the rating). The problem with container gardening is that it can quickly get very expensive...
I loved this book. It is easy to read and for gardeners at every skill level. We don't have a ton of yard space here and I have always loved being surrounded by pots of flowers and other plants. I just wasn't sure how (or if) I could incorporate vegetables into our space. The directions are easy to follow and the illustrations are very helpful. This is a book I will turn to again and again.
This is a wonderful resources for anyone who wants to grow edible plants in a small space. There are 2-3 pages devoted to any kind of fruit, vegetable, or edible flower you might wish to grow with specific information on soil depth, planting and growing advice, and pitfalls. There are also recipes peppered throughout the book that look very tasty. I'll have to try them!
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