A Great New Book for Backyard Gardeners ~ A Review

Are you an avid gardener, like me?  If so, you must check out Karen Newcomb’s The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden!

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I’m still what could be described as a novice gardener.  I’ve been doing backyard gardening for about 5 or 6 years.  A couple of years ago, we switched to raised bed gardening.  And we also have a few containers.  For our tiny backyard, it’s perfect.

But, I still have a lot to learn.  I’ve checked out a lot of gardening books from the library and have learned a lot from friends and family who garden.  But I must say, The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden is the best resource for small-space gardening I’ve yet experienced.  Karen Newcomb brings years of gardening experience and research to create a book that is just right for any small-space gardener, whether newbie or veteran.  This book contains everything from ground preparation, to seed selection, to planting….even maintenance and harvesting!  Whatever you’re looking for to help you in your backyard gardening, you will find in this book

Here are some of the sections of The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden that I found the most helpful:

  • Planning Your Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden.  Newcomb discusses companion planting, beneficial birds and insects, how to plan your garden, and even includes some wonderful plans for different types of gardens (winter/summer gardens, border gardens, herb gardens, and plans for differing sized ones.  There’s even a plan for a windowsill garden!)
  • A primer on every type of vegetable you can plant in your garden, including when to plant, how long to harvest, storage and growing tips

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  • Companion planting; what plants benefit each other the most when planted side-by-side
  • Natural pest control
  • Composting

Newcomb also includes lists of companies which sell non-GMO seeds and organic ones.  I was pleased to see my favorite seed company, Botanical Interests, on the list!

If you’re looking for a fantastic guidebook to growing tons of healthy and organic veggies in a small backyard space, this is the book for you.  You read this excerpt of The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden to see more of what’s in this book and to check out the author’s engaging style.  Karen Newcomb’s book is easy and enjoyable to read.  And, it’s arranged so that you can easily find whatever you’re looking for without having to resort to the index or table of contents.  (Although, it does include both of those!)

You can find out more about Karen Newcomb at her Penguin Random House author’s page.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

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