Sugar Snaps & Strawberries

Sugar Snaps & Strawberries

Simple Solutions for Creating your Own Small-space Edible Garden

Book - 2010
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Imagine savoring fresh-picked strawberries on a weekend morning, plucking plump figs from your mini-orchard to quarter and serve at a farm-to-table meal with friends, or harvesting and sautéing the edible stalks of garlic bulbs. If the size of your space is bringing you back to reality, here's the best part: you don't need a big backyard to grow your own food. In fact, you don't need a yard at all.

Andrea Bellamy, founder of the acclaimed blog Heavy Petal, gives you the dirt on growing gorgeous organic food with very little square footage. Simple, straightforward, design and growing advice can help you transform just a snippet of space into a stylish and edible oasis. Bellamy goes beyond the surface and shows you how to create and maintain healthy soil, decide what and when to plant, sow seeds and harvest, and most importantly, enjoy the process. So go ahead, picture that tiny nook, corner, strip, porch, alley, balcony, or postage-stamp-sized yard overflowing with fingerling potatoes, fragrant herbs, sugar snap peas, French breakfast radishes, and scarlet runner beans.

Armed with luscious photography, encouraging tips, and sophisticated designs, you're sure to be inspired to join the grow-your-own revolution.

Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781604691245
Characteristics: 221 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Connelly, Jackie
Alternative Title: Sugar snaps and strawberries


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Aug 20, 2015

Beautiful photography and a decent overview on a multitude of related topics. I just wish the author cited her sources. Since she's a blogger, I can't tell if she's writing from personal experience and has experimented with her own suggestions, or if she's just rephrasing what more experienced authors have already said. In this way, the book is extremely similar to other generalist books on the same topic. I personally prefer books by authors like Edward C. Smith. For example, Smith writes from his own 30 years of firsthand experience of trial and error.

Jan 06, 2013

A very nice book, but the climate is a coastal BC climate, so what she considers winter crops would be under a couple feet of snow where I live. I really appreciated her alternatives to blood and bonemeal by using greens such as alfalfa pellets, and how to do so safely for your plants.

May 11, 2011

Great gardening ideas for small spaces. The author also blogs about gardening at


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