Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden by Karen Newcomb

To accommodate today's lifestyles, a garden needs to fit easily into a very small plot, take as little time as possible to maintain, require a minimum amount of water, and still produce prolifically. That's exactly what a postage stamp garden does. Postage stamp gardens are as little as 4 by 4 feet, and, after the initial soil preparation, they require very little extra work to produce a tremendous amount of vegetables--for instance, a 5-by-5-foot bed will produce a minimum of 200 pounds of vegetables. 

When first published 40 years ago, the postage stamp techniques, including closely planted beds rather than rows, vines and trailing plants grown vertically to free up space, and intercropping, were groundbreaking. Now, in an ever busier world, the postage stamp intensive gardening method continues to be invaluable for gardeners who wish to weed, water, and work a whole lot less yet produce so much more.

This book is available on Amazon

About the Author:
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Karen Newcomb has contributed to and co-written eight gardening books with her late husband, Duane. She is a lifetime vegetable gardener,  garden blogger, and avid writer, and has been a writing teacher for more than twenty years. She lives in Rocklin, California.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books Program in exchange for my honest opinion. I am in no way required to review it positively. 

My Thoughts:This book is full of useful information on growing small space gardens. It gives tips on how to prepare soil or get the ground ready, when and how to plant, water, and compost. You can learn about about growing in pots or in the ground.  There are some pictures and illustrations included, but not most are more in the form of a drawing not necessarily a beautifully colored photograph.

Don't know what you want to grow? This book is loaded with information on varieties of vegetables, how long it takes to germinate and grow and what the yield will be.  It also helps with garden layout, which vegetables grow well together, and even how to deal with those pesky little bugs. Are they friend or foe?

I have always had trouble growing a garden because our soil is extremely poor and rocky. It grows wonderful weeds (smile), but not the best vegetables. I am so excited about the information in this book and am hoping to glean a lot so I can grow some delicious vegetables this year and in the future. 

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