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Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage & Herbs [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Fern Richardson
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16. Februar 2012
Starting with the basics, including light requirements, this book will show you how to choose the best potting soil, the proper way to pot, and when and how to water. But the bulk of the book features inspiring and easy-to-follow design ideas that can be recreated by gardeners of any level of experience with varying amounts of space. Creative ideas for this challenging site Tackles every problem urban gardeners face Includes inspiration, instruction, and projects

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  • Taschenbuch: 186 Seiten
  • Verlag: Timber Pr Inc (16. Februar 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1604692413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604692419
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 27,7 x 21,3 x 1,5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 218.130 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"If you have ever dreamed of having a garden but are constrained by price or space, this is the book for you!"--Nara Schoenberg "Chicago Tribune "

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Fern Richardson is the creator of the critically acclaimed blog Life on the Balcony. She is also a master gardener, amateur photographer, and garden designer.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Informativ und ansprechend gestaltet 1. April 2012
Von Elena
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Das Buch gibt einen guten Überblick über alle Fragen rund um das Gärtnern in Kübeln auf engem Raum. Neben der Vorstellung vieler Pflanzen die sich gut für das Beflanzen von Kübeln eignen, werden auch viele gute Tips zur Gestaltung von Töpfen und Dekoration gegeben. Außergewöhnlich und interessant fand ich die Kapitel über das vertikale Gärtnern an Wänden, etc., über Nützlinge und andere Tiere auf dem Balkongarten und über Sukkulenten als Topfpflanzen. Tolle Bilder ergänzen im gesammten Buch die gut verständlichen Anleitungen. Aber: Auch wenn es allgemein sehr gut verständlich ist, enthält es viele Gartenfachbegriffe und Pflanzenbezeichnungen, so dass auch bei guten Englischkenntnissen der eine oder anderer Begriff nachgeschlagen werden muss. Insgesammt kann ich das Buch allen anderen Balkongärtner*innen wärmstens empfehlen, auch weil man ziemlich viel Buch für einen ziemlich guten Preis bekommt!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Perfect Book for a balcony owner 8. Mai 2012
Von ELL
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This book was great for a beginner like me. The pictures and text itself is a work of art. It will make a great coffee table book. It's also an interesting cover-to-cover read with useful tips on starting from seed, planning the layout of your balcony and with lots of plant suggestions. There are also many floor plan ideas which I didn't find as helpful, but it doesn't detract from the book in my opinion.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen i expected more details on how to choose... 21. Dezember 2012
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i expected more details on how to choose the right plants to grown on your balcony. How to plant them and care for them. Instead this is more of a design and layout book. I really wanted to start growing tomatoes, lettuce, herbs etc. so that I can have an edible garden.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thorough and easy to read 28. März 2012
Von D. Coplan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I got this book because (A)I live in an apartment complex and (B)I have whatever the opposite of a green thumb is - a magenta thumb? I kill, unintentionally, every plant I've brought into my life, no matter how robust.

This book has me on the path to leafy rehabilitation. It's very thorough, covering topics I wasn't even aware were a consideration. It's very easy to read in a large format with plenty of pictures and examples.

Even if I'm a hopeless case, at the very least this book has imparted knowledge upon me I didn't previously have. While I may not create the next award-winning small space botanical extravaganza (or I may!), I've certainly gained a valuable appreciation for what goes into a successful garden.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful gardens in small spaces. 10. April 2012
Von allanbecker-gardenguru - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage, and HerbsOne doesn't need a yard in order to garden. In the equal-opportunity world that many of us inhabit, anyone who wishes to grow plants ought to be able to do so, no matter where they reside. The fact that so many apartment-dwellers and condo-owners choose gardening as their passion, speaks not only to the ingenuity and zeal of the individual hobbyist, but also to the versatility and adaptability of most plants to container gardening.

Master Gardener, Fern Richardson writes about small-space gardening with an authentic voice. She lives in an apartment with minimal outdoor living area, yet manages to grow food, flowers, and plants with only a balcony and front porch as her garden. Her book is filled with ingenious ways to convert tiny areas into outdoor oases, complete with plant vegetation and small-scale furniture so that anyone's balcony, porch, or tiny patio may become a multi-purpose outdoor living area.

The author's book is divided into nine easy, comprehensive lessons. Chapter One over arches the main elements of a small garden, namely the colors, shapes, sizes, and textures, of plants and containers, appropriate furniture, and the option of lighting. Chapter Two discusses the pivotal role that weather and climate play in affecting the productivity, hardiness, and health of container-grown plants. The third chapter offers suggestions for attracting wildlife and the fourth is about growing food - yes, one can grow food in containers. Read the book to discover how it can be done.

The author grows, figs, peaches nectarines, and blueberries on her balcony in Southern California, and offers suggestions for successfully growing vegetables, not only in her warm climate but also in colder areas where, due to shorter growing seasons, seeds must germinate quickly. Readers who garden in northern locations will be pleased that the author has paid attention to their climate needs.

Chapter Five includes a photo essay on designing with succulents and aromas. The theme of the sixth chapter is about building privacy, while the seventh introduces lushness and verticality in the form of wall gardens and vertical plants that draw the eye upward to relieve a feeling of claustrophobia that sometimes occurs in small spaces.

The eighth chapter is aptly titled Green Thumb Crash Course, Learning the Essentials for Success. Here, the author writes about the importance of using high quality potting soil, essential details for container planting, repotting root bound plants, the role of fertilizer and irrigation, bulb forcing, whether or not to deadhead, and pruning technique. The last chapter is devoted to troubleshooting pests and diseases. In this fascinating segment, we learn how some companion plants help to control such uninvited guests. Even readers who do not garden in containers might find reasons to include these beneficial plants in their growing beds.

It must be mentioned that the photography sourced for this book is outstanding. To illustrate Ms. Richardson's text, the works of over thirty illustrious garden photographers were tapped. For example, the cover image by Marie Viljoen that is repeated on page 72 is a masterpiece of narrative photography and composition.

All of the stunning visuals enhance the reader's understanding of the advice offered by Fern Richardson, who, by the way, is an extraordinarily effective communicator. Add to this recipe, Timber Press' hallmark, avant-garde graphic design, and the result is a publication that raises the artistic bar for all future gardening manuals. This is a beautiful and inspiring book to own.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Chic, elegant container designs and DIY projects 30. März 2012
Von Gen of North Coast Gardening - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've been a fan of Fern's stylish blog Life on the Balcony for some time. Fern's like an approachable version of Martha Stewart for container gardeners - while her photos and ideas are gorgeously inspiring, her projects are never so difficult or time-consuming that I feel I couldn't possibly fit them into a weekend, unlike some of Martha's cool but overly involved eye candy.

So when Fern's new book Small-Space Container Gardens came out, I already had two copies pre-ordered, one for myself and one to give as a gift. I just knew I was going to love it. And sure enough, I do! The book is structured as a total from-the-ground-up guide to having a gorgeous balcony garden. While you might think that would encompass only container planting, she also shares numerous tips on design and décor, dealing with narrow spaces, vertical gardening, and issues unique to balcony gardeners like how to deal with rain pouring in sheets off the roof and onto your potted plants.

Even better, Fern's DIY style is made easy and fun with numerous tutorials and crafts throughout the book. I absolutely adored the chalkboard planter idea for taking ordinary, inexpensive pots and making them cute and functional. How many times have I gotten a call from a client just before dinnertime wondering whether the plant with big leaves was the oregano or the sage? Now, I can show horticulturally-challenged gardeners this tutorial and they can create their own (very chic) labeled pots for their edibles. What a great gift idea!

I felt this way with all of the tutorials in the book. Fern made everything look so elegant that I immediately wanted to rush out, get a few supplies, and make `em happen. She showed a small-space DIY birdbath which would be perfect nestled among a few potted plants. And the mod-minimalist bird feeder idea? I totally want to adapt this project and make it my own (I mean, purple would be mod-minimalist too, right? Right?).

I also loved that Fern made cohesive garden design easy with her small-space patio design plans. She created full container planting designs for a Verdant and Vertical Garden, Potager With a Twist (some great edible and cocktail garden ingredients!), Succulents and Scents, and more. It's not just the planting ideas, either; she mixes décor tips and layout ideas into her plans so you can see how all the elements fit together.

The book is beautifully-photographed and designed, and would make a great gift for the beginning or advanced container gardener. The text covers all that a beginner would need to know in clear language, while the designs and DIY projects offer enough interest to keep even pros like me coming back for more.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Container Gardens 2. Oktober 2012
Von tmtrvlr - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As soon as the first frost hits here I am planning for next year's plantings. Small-Space Container Gardens has already helped me start planning for our spring porch and deck. No matter what your available space, this book has something for you.

The first few chapters set the scene by choosing colors, containers settings, and location. Following that there is information on attracting wildlife and growing food plants in containers. There is a section on succulents and scents, and a chapter on privacy planting. You can learn to create a vertical garden, and battle pests. There is even a green thumb crash course. This is just a brief summary of what is in this information packed book.

The book helps with ideas for designing not just individual pots but, an entire patio or porch. There is something for the spacious areas for those who live in the country as well as those who have limited space in the city. Large or small, there are planting ideas for all.

There are several projects for inexpensive pot upgrades and very unique ideas using thrift shop or found items. My favorite project was the beautiful garden table that would be so simple to create with only a few materials.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book for urban/small space gardeners 29. Februar 2012
Von Ben English - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book has tons of great ideas for gardeners with space constraints like myself. I never know where to start at the garden center and this book has given me tons of inspiration.
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