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Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden Paperback – Dec 15 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (Dec 15 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604691247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604691245
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #328,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“An inspiring book for those with a can-do spirit but not much gardening space.”

"A stylish yet substantial introduction to growing edibles in small spaces."

“A great book for beginners and for those of us who need winter eye candy.”

“Inspiration…for veggie patches on balconies, patios, and the tiniest of city plots…complete this yummy and useful presentation.”

“A marvelous book that's entertaining, extremely useful, and lovely. I recommend it highly.” 

“An invaluable resource for aspiring greenthumbed terrace farmers.”

“I’d recommend it to any new gardener of edibles, particularly one who has limited or no access to a plot of earth she can call her own.”

“Full of wisdom and practical advice…stands apart for its tone, which is both gentle and practical, and its many fascinating sidebars and offshoots. Easy to flip through and find something fun to read in a hurry.”

“Particularly useful to those urban/suburban homes with very limited space.”

“Full of smart ideas for how to deal with a seemingly impossible growing situation.”

“A fine piece of informational, inspiring and winning work.”

"Creative and fresh."

Beautiful, down-to-earth, completely enticing.

A nice book for a new gardener or an old one - to sift thorough as we wait for the gardening season.

Bright, cheerful, and motivating…you will wonder why anyone would ever hesitate to grow a few edibles even if they have only a fire escape or deck.

Whether you've got a porch or just a windowsill, Heavy Petal blogger Andrea Bellamy has you covered—her Sugar Snaps and Strawberries is an accessible, comprehensive guide to small-space gardening.

About the Author

Andrea Bellamy is the creator of Heavy Petal, a blog devoted to urban organic gardening. She has a certificate in garden design from the University of British Columbia and studied permaculture methods for food production at an urban microfarm. She has been gardening since childhood and has grown food on rooftops, balconies, boulevards, and patios, and in community garden beds, window boxes, traffic circles, frontyards, and backyards. She is the Grow Food columnist for Edible Vancouver magazine, and her writing has appeared in a number of online and print publications. She lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and daughter.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sydelle on Jan. 16 2011
Format: Paperback
Sugar Snaps and Strawberries by Andrea Bellamy is a fantastic how-to for creating your own garden in a small space. As a first-time gardener, I found this book extremely easy to read (I finished it in one evening, but can forsee returning to it frequently over the coming months as I plan, plant and harvest my garden). The author's writing style and breadth of knowledge makes me trust her judgement completely. Not only does Andrea share her insights into edible gardening, she illustrates her examples with the most amazing photographs. With images of sugar snaps and strawberries dancing in my head, I'm off to sleep to dream of all the wonderful things I'll be growing and feasting on this coming year!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt SamyciaWood on June 2 2011
Format: Paperback
So many times you are left mid-growing season scratching your head wondering what happened to your vegetables. So anxious to get planting there's often little thought to such details as what to plant where, what soil to use, how to optimize your soil, deal with pests and keep your food edible (i.e. no chemicals). But who wants to read a boring textbook on gardening when the sun is shining and your empty garden is beaconing, "Plant me!"? Enter Sugar Snaps and Strawberries. Written in plain language in an engaging, fun and light voice, this book is a fantastic guide and terrific reference to getting gardening right. So much so that you might find yourself glued to the pages and putting off your crops until you reach the last page! Follow even some of the advice in here and you'll be guaranteed to get better yields, and do more eating of the food you grow. When you have limited space, as Andrea suggests, maximizing what you plant can still be very rewarding. Even if you have more room, everything still applies.

Full of wisdom and gorgeous photos, and packaged in an attractive design, this book is worth every penny. Actually, come to think of it, for the cost of a bag of Farmer's Market veggies, this is the best investment you will make in your garden and your future food supply.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ingrid Duquenoy on June 20 2011
Format: Paperback
I had the great opportunity to stumble upon Andrea's stand at our local Trout Lake Farmers market. She had "seed bombs" on her table, and that intrigued my oldest daughter... That's how we got to check her book out. it's awesome!
Very well written and with loads of tips and tricks.
So after checking it out, we bought it (spent the last of our market dollars on it, and well worth it !). We even got a little hand written note for my daughter :-)
We have now created two small spaces where we can grow some food. And we are actively watching our tomatoes, rhubarb and salad growing. We even know how to remove the suckers from the tomato plants!
So all this to say that it really is an inspirational book, written for everyone who wants to garden. Highly recommend it !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Molly on Aug. 23 2011
Format: Paperback
For years about the only thing that I planted were tomatoes. Then last year I included a couple of other plants like beets, carrots and lettuce with minimal results. "Sugar Snaps and Strawberries" helped me to understand how I can have better success. I thought all veggies needed lots of sun. Not so. Some prefer a bit of shade. And hey! why not throw in some veggies with your flowers! With the help of this book I'm going to have an awesome garden next year! My thumbs aren't going to be the only fingers that will be "green" next summer!
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