Hooray! My new garden book is ready for a February release date. Published by Ten Speed Press, this classic small-space gardening best seller is revised for a new generation of gardeners. If you’ve enjoyed my blogs, now you can find all the gardening information in one book.
To accommodate today’s lifestyles, a garden needs to fit into an extremely tiny 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 can be as small as 4 by 4 feet, and after initial soil preparation, they require very little extra work to grow a tremendous amount of vegetables – for instance, a 5-by-5-foot bed will produce a minimum of 200 pounds of vegetables.
When it was first published 40 years ago, the techniques in The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden were ground breaking. Now, in this fully revised and updated edition, I include new information on the variety of heirloom vegetables available today and how to grow them simply, easily and organically. Four decades on, this proven approach continues to be an invaluable resource for gardeners who wish to weed, water and work a whole lot less, yet produce so much more.
Even though we had 10 acres to grow whatever we wanted, a series of postage stamp gardens were much more practical. In California where summer water can be a concern, my gardens flourished with little water and a drip system. Eventually I grew themed garden beds to accommodate our eating habits. My husband loved Italian cuisine, I loved Mexican. I could garden all year-round. During the winter, my Asian garden and soup garden gave me just what I needed. Springtime meant planting early salad greens peas, and other quick-growing cool crops. Our summer heat meant tons of tomatoes for both our Italian meals and Mexican meals. Not only did I plant our favorite varieties, but I tried a lot of new vegetables, some quickly became a staple in our garden.
The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden book can be pre-ordered from Barnes & Noble, Google books, Amazon, IndieBound, or iBooks. It will be in all bookstores by late February.
Enjoy the gardening experience.
Postage Stamp Vegetable Gardening: the website for gardening instruction, seed sources, and much more.