Permaculture in Pots

Permaculture in Pots

How to Grow Food in Small Urban Spaces

Book - 2012
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"In these times of soaring food prices, growing food in cities is becoming the big urban trend. As demand far outstrips supply for allotments, Permaculture in Pots shows you how to get started with whatever space you have available - appealing to those who feel powerless to meet their own subsistence needs through lack of growing space. Month by month we learn what to grow on a balcony or in a container garden, using low impact permaculture principles. It doesn't matter when you pick up the book and start your journey of container gardening - wherever you are in the year, open the book to that chapter and it'll tell you what you should be doing. Each month's section details chores to be done; how to plan ahead for the next season; and which fruit and veg to be sowing, growing and eating. There are recipes, photos and anecdotes from Kemp's experience growing food on her small balcony in Southwark ... Each month has its own herb, with growing tips and culinary and medicinal uses for each. As uncertainty rises about whether those outside the property ladder will ever get to own their own home, Permaculture in Pots gives power and opportunity back to generations who are becoming more aware of the need of self-sufficiency, and yet find themselves in rented home with concrete where gardens once were."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: East Meon, Hampshire :, Permanent Publications,, [2012]
Description: 193 pages : colour illustrations ; 21 cm
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781856230971
185623097X
Branch Call Number: 631.58 Kem

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noelietrex
Aug 03, 2018

This book was exactly what I was looking for! I have been trying and failing at growing my own food on my back deck for a few years now. I don't want to buy plastic bags of miracle grow and plants from a garden store, but I obviously have no actual land for composting or tilling the ground... How can I have a "natural" or organic garden where I grow things from seed, preserve what we've grown, compost some of our food waste, and then have a semi-sustainable set up year to year? This book answers all of those questions!

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koimaiden
Feb 18, 2016

Gets the small right! Good advice specific to apartment dwellers & renters but principles are great for everyone growing in containers or small spaces. The format is a calendar of chores, each featuring an herb of the month. Starting in November is unconventional, though with the supplemental information on soil and worm composting makes it a good place to start. Points for: Seasonal Recipes, Herb of the Month, Foraging Tips, Succinct plans for laying out growing areas on a balcony. I like the emphasis on sustainable options and reused/upcycled containers. Includes numerous ‘hot to’s’ including making a sub-irrigated planter (aka Self-watering).
Find an more expanded review here on my ad-free blog http://gardeningintheround.blogspot.com/2016/02/book-review-permaculture-in-pots.html

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