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Urban Gardening For Dummies


Written by The National Gardening Association

By Paul Simon, Charlie Nardozzi
For Dummies
January 2013
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.

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

See the book here.

1 comment

1 Lauren { 03.27.13 at 9:14 am }

I’m not generally a fan of the “for dummies” series of books, but this one is pretty informative and nicely put together.