Reading About Gardening and Food


| 2/18/2011 9:42:33 AM


Tags: container gardening, kitchen gardens, food system, environment, sustainable agriculture, local food, books,

Jean TellerToday, the temperature is in the 70s. For Sunday, they’re talking 30s and snow. Go figure. All I can say is it’s almost spring in Kansas.

So, of course, my mind turns to warmer temps and my container garden. The last couple of years, I’ve planted tomatoes, peppers, basil and oregano. Think it’s about time for me to diversify a bit? Me, too. Which is why it was so great to have Grow Plants in Pots, a book from Martyn Cox and DK Publishing, cross my desk.

Grow Plants in Pots by Martyn CoxThis gorgeous, packed book contains a garden’s worth of information and spectacular images. From the opening section on Designing with Containers, I was drawn into this book, and my head is spinning with ideas for my own container garden. I know I don’t have the space or the talent to make my garden look like one in these photographs, but I’m dreaming big, believe me!

 The next two sections focus on specific varieties: Foliage and Flowers, and Fruit and Vegetables. More beautiful photos have me thinking I can expand my containers to include colorful blooms and different veggies. Plant descriptions are accompanied by tips for growing, suggestions for pots and combinations of plants for each pot, and additional varieties. It’s a fascinating book to read, flip through and hoard, just like the tomatoes and peppers I hope to plant this year. Maybe I’ll add lettuce and more herbs this year.

Grow Plants in Pots is scheduled to be released in April – just in time for gardeners pulling out those containers from the garage.

Pre-order your copy of Grow Plants in Pots at Grit's Bookstore.

nebraska dave
2/18/2011 8:43:55 PM

Jean, I find that this time of the year every garden book on the shelf of the local book store I want to buy and read. It's good to get a review of the best of the best to guide me through the shark infested waters of book buying. I will definitely take a look at these four books. Farmer Jane would be top of the list with Diet for a Hot Planet a close second. I do think that growing food some time in the future will be a must to survive. Thank you so much for giving us a heads up on what the read. The temperatures here in Nebraska have been unseasonably warm as well. We nearly broke a record yesterday with 68 degrees. I've been out in the yard attempting to clean up the winter debris. I bagged one and a half bags of sticks just from the front yard. I also got to sit on the front yard patio and enjoy the warm sun while sipping a cup of coffee. Aaah, it doesn't get any better than that after a long cold winter. Have a great book reviewing day.





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