I have rarely written reviews on Amazon but I absolutely must write one for this book. I resisted the urge because I have very little that is good to say but I would be doing a disservice to other potential readers if I did not.
This is one of the most poorly-written books that I have ever read. The author's misuse of prepositions is rampant. There is no flow - even within paragraphs. The paragraph that is currently open on my KindleFire discusses containers for container gardening. The author begins by recommending plastic for areas with low humidity. He then addresses decorating plastic buckets (adding that he,personally, has not done so "by any means"). Then he suggests mixing organic matter into the soil for container gardens (that should be a general recommendation for any kind of gardening). The remainder of the paragraph details what kind of organic matter to use and which to avoid and then briefly addresses drainage issues as a result of the type of organic matter used.
Oh, I just glanced at the next paragraph. He recommends getting a hygrometer then admits that he doesn't have one himself. Then he explains how a hygrometer with a temperature feature would be helpful for letting you know if a pot is too hot for a plant. If it is, then moving the pot is fairly easy according to the author, who apparently hasn't had the pleasure of moving s mature plant bearing fruit in a well-watered five-gallon container.
The next paragraph recommends using thread-bare sheets to cover plants during the day!!!!! I'm sorry. That makes no sense to me and is a rather ugly solution to a problem that should not exist if proper care concerning plant choices and siting one's garden has been taken.
The NEXT paragraph returns to hygrometers - this time telling us they really aren't necessary since plants will tell us when they are thirsty. Personally, io think if you wait until the plant is dropping leaves to water it, you have no business gardening or writing a book about gardening. At that point, the plant is stressed and fighting to survive. The quantity and quality of produce from a plant that is dropping leaves will be impacted negatively.
There are far better books on the subject of urban gardening. This book, apparently, should have been titled "mobile home gardening" since that is where the author lives and where he has his gardening experience. I think most people looking for advice about urban gardening are expecting something else than what the author has provided. Anybody buying this book with the hopes of gaining solid information about gardening in an urban environment will be quite disappointed.