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

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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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Sara M. Watson
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great beginners guide to small space gardening. I am ready and inspired to grow some urban balcony herbs.
Louise
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Whitaker
Dec 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for
Kate M
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Excellent reference for someone like me who is just beginning my container gardening habits. Very readable and understandable, though I would like a more updated version I think.
Justin
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: gardening
Not too many new tips here
Matthew
Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Lisa
Oct 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
hey.emily
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Matriarchy
Mar 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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Grandma Judy
Oct 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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