Title: The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden
Author: Karen Newcomb
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
“In a postage stamp garden you scatter the seeds across the bed to use all the space in your garden, and then thin out the seedlings (the small plants) as they come up,” Karen Newcomb writes in the introduction to her book, The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden: Grow Tons of Organic Vegetables in Tiny Spaces and Containers.
This two hundred and twenty-four page paperback targets those who are looking for tips and instructions growing a small vegetable garden. After an introduction, eight chapters cover the topic of growing edibles in a restricted space. Two appendices, a glossary, the author’s biography, and an index complete the book.
Author Newcomb has co-written with her late husband eight books on gardening. She also blogs, writes, and has been a writing teacher for more than twenty years. First published in 1975, this fully revised edition includes heirloom seed varieties.
Focusing on small gardening, Newcomb first explains how to plan a garden using a four-by-four foot space to a ten-by-ten feet bed including vertical expansions with diagrams. Knowing when and how to plant, watering is also discussed in detail.
The most thorough section is on heirloom vegetables and herbs. After several paragraphs of which plants work best in a postage stamp garden and keeping heirloom lines pure by spacing, timing, and isolation cages, vegetables are listed in alphabetical order. Each plant is coded for its best planting season and recommendation for small gardens, followed by information on planting, crop-stretching, recommended varieties, typical problems, harvesting, storage, and growing tips.
A helpful chapter on plants that like each other describe which vegetables, herbs, and flowers are compatible. It is followed by topics of natural, homemade, and biological remedies to control pests and different ways to compost. Over thirty seed sources are listed, corresponding to codes presented earlier in the book.
Containing precise diagrams showing suggested layouts of plants based on a garden’s size, the instructional details of each plant’s characteristic and growing idiosyncracies are appreciated. This book is packed full of material the novice to the expert can use to produce a bounty of food grown in a limited area.
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