Every winter I get dreamy about having a vegetable and herb garden in the summer. I enthusiastically buy books and equipment, and then when spring rolls around, I forget all about it. I spend the summer at the farmers' market and Whole Foods, and that's the end of that.
But now I have Julie, who has never met a DIY project she didn't embrace whole-heartedly. She found an EarthBox I had bought many years ago that allows you to plant a small garden and move it around—into or out of the sun, for instance—and keeps the plants up high enough to thwart all those cute bunnies in our yard. She got some seedlings, and the next thing I knew, we had this:
And the next thing I knew, we had yummy fresh basil pesto. She's also growing mint and oregano.
All of this brings me to The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden, which just may be the book that turns things around for me.
Originally published in 1975, this 2015 version has been completely updated. It outlines everything you need to know and do to maximize your yield from a tiny garden. It starts out with the basics for someone like me who claims to have a black thumb: where to put the garden, how to prepare the soil, what exactly to plant—and when—and how to tend the plants once they start to grow. Honestly, the idea of having to prep and take care of just a few square feet and end up with hundreds of pounds of fresh cukes and tomatoes and squash and herbs is very enticing.
So, this year we will stick with the EarthBox herb garden, but next year—just you wait!—we will be growing actual crops.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own.