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Learn to:
* Make the most of limited space with vertical growing tips, rooftop gardens, and more
* Add beauty and color to your landscape with annuals, perennials, and bulbs
* Grow the freshest, healthiest produce possible
The easy way to succeed at urban gardening
A townhouse yard, a balcony, a south-facing window - even a small inner-city apartment can be a suitable location to grow some yummy edibles, develop a colorful flower garden, or create an outdoor room. Urban Gardening For Dummies helps you make the most of what you have through the use of proven small-space gardening techniques that allow gardeners to maximize their use of urban spaces.
* Urban Gardening 101 - get an overview of urban gardening, including soil preparation, planting, choosing urban-friendly plants (including edibles), and plant placement
* Dig in - discover everything you need to know about soil, from analyzing soil types and understanding soil pH to how you can build good soil with manure, organic fertilizers, and compost
* Get a green thumb - find the lowdown on the urban microclimate, local weather patterns, and how you can actually influence weather conditions at micro-levels to benefit the health of your urban garden
* Oh, the places you'll grow - get creative with container gardening and find funky and functional ways to garden on building rooftops, balconies, and with vertical growing strategies
Open the book and find:
* The many benefits of urban gardening
* Tips on planting annual plants and veggies, trees and shrubs, and perennial flowers
* The 4-1-1 on community gardening and urban farming
* How to create an outdoor room
* The scoop on using fertilizers
* Techniques for container and vertical gardening
* Composting tips and soil growing
* Tricks for keeping weeds and pests at bay

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Paul Simon is a nationally recognized landscape architect, public artist, horticulturist, master gardener, and urban designer. Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, and radio and television personality.

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HASH(0x9c701108) von 5 Sternen Great for planning but short on details 25. März 2013
Von Geoffrey B - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a good book for people with some gardening experience who just haven't been able to decide what to do besides put out a few flowers if they're living in an apartment or small house, having been someplace before where they could grow a larger garden. The tips on hillside gardens and gardens in raised beds are especially helpful if you want a way to grow some vegetables but only have a front stoop and some windowsills.

In my estimation, the book comes up a little short because it doesn't teach you how to garden in an urban environment as much as it shows you how to transfer general gardening skills to an urban setting. If you have grown a vegetable garden or planted flower beds before, it's okay. But if you haven't planted a seed since 3rd grade science class, you're going to want another gardening book to learn the basics of picking out, planting and spacing seeds, as well as getting a better view of how you go about starting seeds indoors.

Books of this variety often will appeal to preppers or environmentalists. In terms of presentation, this offering will have a greater appeal for environmentalists. There is a fair amount of information on how you are not just growing your own vegetables but also reducing fossil emissions from vegetables trucks. That said, the information on urban heat island effects is excellent, showing how you may have a slightly different climate or growing season on your block in your building than what they have 20 miles away in the country. Here, the author's attention to climate science shines through.

Bottom line, if you ever had or worked in a garden and you're now looking around at your apartment with just a window box or your cottage/small house on a small plot and wishing you had room for a garden, this book will help you identify how you can make it happen.
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HASH(0x9c71e624) von 5 Sternen A Great Book! 9. Februar 2013
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This book was written especially for those people living in the city. It covers everything: soil. fertilizing, roof top gardening, vertical gardening, apartment gardens, watering, controlling pests, tools and ways to encourage children to garden.

I was especially intrigued with the chapter of "Going Vertical in Your Garden". the advice in this chapter to use trellises is applicable to not just urban growers but those of us with space too. The chapter referred to using trellises , panels, arbors, pergolas, and even creating a tepee. So many ideas for using hanging pots and stacking planters too.

If you love to garden and have limited space,I believe this book will be a good resource for you.

*I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review*
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HASH(0x9c8449b4) von 5 Sternen Top notch! 8. März 2013
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WOW! I am blown away by this book. I am an aspiring vegetable gardener with a totally barren and dry desert yard, and I've been stuck because I don't know where to start. Well this book pretty much goes over anything you would EVER need to know! Here are topics covered:

Why should you urban garden? (reduce pollution, improve the neighborhood
Planting how-tos
Raised beds
Container gardening
Rooftop gradens
Vertical gardening (trellis, arbor, pergola, teepee)
Green walls (ooo! I'd love to try this!)
Community gardening - including growing stuff on unused public land!
Growing food
Growing flowers, roses and bulbs
Growing trees
Lawns and ground covers
Pest control
My favorite section: 10 ways to garden with kids!

One of the most intriguing sections is creating an outdoor room! We have a big, tiered back yard with a metal arbor but it is barren and scraggly and there are 4 dead trees. I would love to use this section to set up a lovely space with watering systems and a green play area for our son! This talks about creating focal elements, contrast, surprises, and using water features and wind chimes. It also talks about repurposing garage sale finds and garbage like cans, cardboard, used coffee filters, milk jugs, and toilet paper tubes into truly useful items for the garden! Free stuff and less garbage - yes!

My absolute favorite idea in the book was one of the last ones - a "sunflower house" for your child! You grow a ring of sunflowers, tie them together at the top, and you have a little playhouse! How cute, and so easy!!! This is in a section of their top 10 kid gardening ideas which I love! I want to get my son involved in vegetable gardening because (my theory is) this will make him excited about eating vegetables!

One way they could improve this book is more illustrations and diagrams. This would break up all the heavy information a bit. There are also no photos, and I would have liked to see an example of an outdoor room and their other big concepts. Please note this book has no info on keeping any animals - it's just gardening. Overall I highly recommend this for starting or improving an urban garden at your home or in the community!
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HASH(0x9c3db1d4) von 5 Sternen This is a honey of a book! Simple to follow and lots of great ideas! 1. März 2013
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Even though I live in the country and have a LOT of gardening books, the Urban Gardening for Dummies
is so user-friendly that its easy to find your answers in a jiffy.
The authors suggest a variety of ways to do things, like sharing the details of "green manure" (plants like fava beans and clover), how to make a worm bin, how to avoid contamination of your property from toxins, lawn care, mulching, drip irrigation, really the works! How to layout a vegetable garden, how to grow plants from items you got in the grocery store, etc.
I subscribe to Marjorie Wildcraft on the internet, and this positively compares. I love Ruth Stout's book on
thick mulching, and also have worked with the fairies as taught in Michelle Small Wright's books. I even have a 3 foot energy ball in my yard).
I am also a fan of the Findhorn gardening style. I don't use pesticides and have a nice compost bin. I have
raised beds.
I like this book so much because it takes a wide stance, including a lot of great information in a very
easy to follow format. Great drawings, lots of check lists, and comprehensive index.
I don't think you'd regret getting this book. I'd wager that at the end of the season, it would be the garden book of choice...the one with the most "green thumb" prints on it!
HASH(0x9cb300cc) von 5 Sternen Good basics for city-dwellers looking to green things up 15. Mai 2013
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"Urban Gardening For Dummies" (2013)

I'm a city dweller, with a modest patch of hardpan dirt around my building, so a few tips on how to green things up are always welcome. I thought this was a pretty good overview of how to get started, with tips on how to build up soil, create box gardens, raise beds, fend off critters and provide sun or shade as needed. The tone of the writing is pretty straightforward and the graphics are okay (although more explicit diagramming might be nice in some cases) and the information seems pretty solid, although I'm sure there are more in-depth sources to be found, particularly online. It reminds me of the old Whole Earth Catalog books I used to see as a kid. There's a greater emphasis on aesthetics -- in planting and planning out the appearance of the garden as well as finding hip-looking gardening clothes -- than I am generally concerned with. When I think, "urban gardening" it conjures up raising food crops rather than trellised flowers and contoured pathways, but maybe that's just because I'm a big lug and I like the idea of growing my own apricots and kale, more than doing the whole English tea garden kind of thing.

I haven't had the book long enough to test its recommendations through a whole season of cultivation, but it seems like a well-rounded book, and I'm eager to apply its commonsense suggestions. Like many how-to guides, it's probably best used in conjunction with other resources -- and with personal experience -- you never know what's going to happen in your garden until it happens. If everything works out, I'll have you all over for kale chips sometime next spring! (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue book reviews)
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