Fresh Food from Small Spaces : The Square-Inch Gardener, Paperback Book

Fresh Food from Small Spaces : The Square-Inch Gardener Paperback

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I keep flipping between 2 1/2 stars and three for this book. What finally tipped it was the fact that there's a nice set of notes for further reading. I've been looking for some more books on practical gardening but haven't been too successful. (I've only recently seriously started looking for). The best, strangely enough, is in the book "The Unprejudice Palate" by Angelo M. Pellegrini. This book almost fills that nitch, but lacks just a bit of information. It seems like it's good to start getting an idea of some things that can be done and has some useful notes for further reading which I will pursue.I think the book would have been better had some of the political and "survival" chapters had been greatly cut down or eliminated. There also seemed a weird balance of amount of space devoted to certain concepts. It seemed like there was almost as many pages devoted talking to how nutritious sprouts were to the space of actually growing them. A simple quotation or two would have sufficed. There were also occasionally talk about equipment that could be created, but I think I would most likely end up searching the Internet for detailed plans.It's not that I'm unsympathetic for the call to grow more locally. It's just that my motivations coming to the book stem more from being able to grow food that is expensive or usually lacking in quality at the store. (Tomatoes are a good example, so are many peppers). There's no reason to try to sell me in this particular book on the horrible looming oil crisis. I'd rather have seen a detailed plan for the self-watering containers. (There's some description and a "before" and "after" picture if I recall correctly).It almost would make it on my wishlist, but it's just a bit too little in the way of practical information. I'd like to see more on space usage (maybe drawings or plans of example spaces), which crops are the most nutritious, what unusual plants aren't sold in stores but might be easily grown and more things like that. I'm going to use this to add some books to my "to read" collection and maybe re-read a chapter in the spring when I see it at the library again.

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This is an ideas book more than a how-to book. A lot of the advice is "go see your local plant nursery for advice."But it is still an interesting book, and a more practical galvanizer than Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.