Grow delicious fruit, vegetables
and herbs in a really small space
Adam and James Caplin
Distributed by Reed Publishing Ltd.
AUTHOR James Caplin,
so the introduction says, lives a normal, stressed urban existence
with too much to do and too little time to do it. He's not a gardening
professional, but a family man whose 6m x 6m plot provides something
for the table almost every day. This, then, is the nub of Urban
Eden - how to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs successfully
in really small spaces.
Caplin reassures those
who assume that pollutants make city vege gardening a no-no. Lead
from exhaust is generally not an issue, he concludes, and if there's
still a worry about contaminants, containers and raised beds will
do the trick. There are lots of tips on containers, the mainstay
of small space gardening, in keeping with the book's eco-friendly
There are few limits
on what the urban gardener can grow - fruit trees in containers,
tomatoes in hanging baskets, kale, sage or borage in a border -
there are plenty of suggestions here.
Confined space can mean
your neighbour's eyesore is yours, too. The chapter on design deals
with aesthetic bugbears. There's a chapter on urban wildlife - cats,
like slugs and snails, know too few boundaries.
In case you need reminding
of what to do with your urban garden's bounty, there are some great
recipes to round off with and a useful appendix on good plants to
cultivate, and how to grow them.
An informative, lively
book for those who have had to down size their gardens or for those
starting out on an urban gardening adventure.
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH