I am fascinated by the idea of gardening. I want to feel warm earth between my fingers, and bite into a juicy tomato right off the vine. I want to preserve my crop and line the beautiful jars in rows that I can admire, and 'shop' from.
I think it all started when I was little. My parents have always had a garden. Like all other families: they had good years and bad. Sometimes we had issues with pests or drought or flooding. Gardening is always a gamble, but it was one that we won big with most of the time.
Hubby and I don't have the square footage my folks do though. Our house is on a small-ish lot which is almost totally shaded by enormous maple trees. There is a patch of the deck/patio which gets a good amount of sun daily, but it is a small patch to be sure.
For the past few years I've delved into container gardening, and it's been great fun (though with mediocre results). I keep trying though, because I know that someday I'll get it figured out.
|not my garden. pic via bing! images.|
Both books offer a lot of wonderful information and ideas for making the most of small spaces.
The "Urban Homesteading" book is a bit heavy-handed with the political aspect of gardening and spends a lot more time than I felt was necessary detailing things like Global Warming and Carbon Footprints. I don't choose to garden or preserve my own food out of a desire to be kind to the planet, or whatever. I do it because it's smart, frugal and tradition. But I digress. This book is full of great pictures and some wonderful ideas. I don't have the space (or the accommodating neighbors) needed to grow animals, but the sections on goats and chickens were especially great. This one won't be my go-to book, but it will serve as a handy back-up.
I fell in love with the second book "The City Homesteader" almost from the first page. Filled with whimsical illustrations, it keeps to the basics. There are a lot of well thought out and detailed projects in this book, as well as a lot of general information that will be very helpful.
After reading the section on berries, I realized that we should plant raspberries (and I now know just the place to do it). I also learned how to make a potato barrel, a compost pile, and a rain barrel. I discovered why my heirloom tomatoes didn't produce much last year. I now want to get a strawberry pot and make some of those upside-down tomato planters (the book tells how to make your own). There are tips on growing indoors as well as all the helpful outdoor tips. I also found the edible plant identification section to be very informative. I know that I'll be using this book a lot. It is full of wonderful illustrations and great information. It's a fun read even if you have lots of room to plant, but I'd definitely recommend it to anyone with a space problem for sure.
Note: Review based upon my own opinion only. I was not compensated in any way.