This classic gardening bestseller (over 500,000 copies sold) uses ecologically friendly, intensive biodynamic methods to produce large amounts of vegetables in very tiny spaces. Revised for an all new generation of gardeners, the 40th anniversary edition includes brand new information on the variety of heirloom vegetables available today and how to grow them the postage stamp way.
To accommodate today’s lifestyles, a garden needs to fit easily into a very small 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 are as little as 4 by 4 feet, and, after the initial soil preparation, they require very little extra work to produce a tremendous amount of vegetables–for instance, a 5-by-5-foot bed will produce a minimum of 200 pounds of vegetables.
When first published 40 years ago, the postage stamp techniques, including closely planted beds rather than rows, vines and trailing plants grown vertically to free up space, and intercropping, were groundbreaking. Now, in an ever busier world, the postage stamp intensive gardening method continues to be invaluable for gardeners who wish to weed, water, and work a whole lot less yet produce so much more.
The Postage Stamp Garden reminds me how difficult it must be to be a farmer. We started our own little garden a few years back as something fun for the kids to do. But as each year has passed they have wanted to try new things. But we are limited in our space and most of our garden comes from containers or small patches of land. I am so glad I found this book before our gardening season started!!
There were so many helpful tips in this book. Chief was especially excited about the melon advice (pg. 115). She planted cantaloupe for the first time last year and was so excited to even get one!! But as she read this she says “mom I think we can get even more this year!!” Ok Chief lets do it.
This book was simple and straightforward. I really did love the simplicity. Sometimes in other farming books they just complicate everything. This book did not do that at all
There is chapter on companion gardening, pests and bugs, getting your ground ready, and even when to plant. There is also a part in the back of the book about seed sources. I just really love all the information in this book. I think weather you are a newbie or even a bit of a seasoned gardener this book could be useful to you.
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Ten Speed Press
- ISBN-10: 1607746832
- ISBN-13: 978-1607746836
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.