Urban Gardening: How To Grow Food In Any City Apartment Or Yard No Matter How Small (Anglais) Broché – 22 janvier 2013
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The book tells you how to plan your site, how to choose your plants including which plants prefer direct sunlight and those that are good at getting carbon dioxide and other toxins out of your space if your space is enclosed. It also tells you what containers to use for each variety of plant.In addition, it has helpful pictures to guide you.
Parents may want to read this book and make notations in their Kindle regarding the spelling and grammar errors scattered throughout the book before handing it over to their children. Children struggle enough with composition, grammar and spelling to have it reinforced by the slipshod proof reading of a professional author.
In this technological age many have became far too dependent upon "spell checker" to take care of the problem. If the problem is the wrong word being used, yet spelled correctly, spell checker is completely useless. Grammar checker would be handy too for some of those sentences which make little or no sense, but were spelled correctly. Not to mention those various missing words as well.
The book is very thorough and has some great basic advice for urban gardeners and apartment dwellers. These are people who quite often have never planted anything. The author touches on the subject of container gardening but has no mentions of wicking methods for keeping the containers adequately watered at all times. This is most important in a container. Once the soil shrinks and pulls away from the sides of the container "re-swelling" the soil may involve the wasting of water to achieve results. There is a way to avoid this problem altogether. Wicking bed technology or methodology.
Wicking is the most efficient method of watering for containers and the plants are never sitting in water to cause root rot issues. With wicking methodology the soil remains moist below, dry on the surface. Plants are never thirsty and weeds won't germinate in the dry soil at the surface. Outdoor containers do get rain and that is the time to be on the lookout for weed sprouts. If the rare weed does sprout up, it's easily spotted and removed before it gains a foothold. Worms will remain in this type of container during the growing season because conditions are always ideal. Just Google "Wicking Beds".
Anyone with 30+ years of gardening experience won't find much information to help them here. The cover is a little misleading, I expected to find out more about aeroponics and vertical wall gardening methods but there is only a cursory mention in the latter part of the book. Novice gardeners will need some diagrams and photos; otherwise it's like trying to explain the color red to a person who was blind since birth.
It's worth $3.97 in Kindle format but I wouldn't call it a "must have" book for my gardening library.
I love the fact that it doesn't have babbling, just useful stuff in some interesting chapters, going from selecting the place to grow them to all the variety of plants (edible and decorative) and how to take care of them. Great book: fast reading and useful pictures... just what I wanted!