Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Review: The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden
Title: The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden
Author: Karen Newcomb
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.
This is a very handy gardening book. No color photos included, but there is a lot packed into this book. Planing seasons, different examples of plot sizes and shapes, and explanations on different kinds of plants are all in there. There is also instructions on how to prepare your soil and keep it nutritious for your plant.s I enjoyed a few of the small sections included on things like moon phases and how they might affect your crops.
There seems to be very detailed sections of rotating crops and how to get your postage stamp garden to thrive. This method reminds me a lot of the Square-Foot Garden method where you are doing more intensive gardening rather than having your crops all spread out in rows. This is nice for obvious reasons and perfect for someone with a small space to still have a great vegetable garden. The author seems very knowledgeable and the writing is easy to read and understand. I will definitely be using this as a reference for years to come.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review. No other compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.