Small-Space Container Gardens - Fern Richardson

Released March 2012

Fern Richardson
Timber Press

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

While Small-Space Container Gardens was a spring release, I think there is benefit to the book year-round. It's for this reason that I wanted to bring the book up now.

Many think of fall as the end of the gardening season, but this doesn't have to be the case. Many plants successfully negotiate the transition from being outside on patios and becoming part of your in-home houseplants. You can have fresh herbs year-round when you container garden.

Fern Richardson, author of the Life on the Balcony blog, shares her tips on creating colorful, beneficial patio gardens using containers. You should start your container gardens in the spring, so you can use the winter to plan ahead. Unless you live in the warmer states, and then year-round container gardening is possible. Should you happen to get frosty nights from time to time, you can easily bring your plants inside for a nice or cover them to prevent any frost damage.

In Small-Space Container Gardens, the author discusses everything that is pertinent to creating a garden. Color schemes, furnishings, the planter pots themselves, flooring, your gardening zone, insects, weather, it's all discussed in easy-to-follow detail. She also discusses the vegetables that grow well in planter pots, some might surprise you!

For those who have never gardened before, there is an in-depth look at developing a green thumb. It discusses common issues gardeners have, including harmful insects and diseases. She also gives a thorough list of additional resources at the end of the book.

If you don't know a thing about gardening, you'll find your answers within Small-Space Container Gardens. If you have some skill, but need a little creative guidance, this is the book to own!


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