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Book review: Small-Space Container Gardens

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Small-Space Container Gardens

Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage, and Herbs
by Fern Richardson

This book is a wonderful resource for gardeners who want to create an outdoor garden, but who only have a small surface to work with. Fern Richardson, gardener extraordinaire and author of the popular website Life on the Balcony, presents a multitude of smart and easy ideas to make the most of the space you do have. The book gives advice on how to find the right plants and containers to create an outdoor oasis, while also creating solutions to hide gardening tools and supplies.

The main premise is to encourage urban dwellers to claim whatever space they have—a balcony, a terrace or even just a windowsill—and turn it into a relaxing abode. Fern shares her expertise in garden design, as well as useful tips on how to make sure you keep pests away and protect your space from weather hazards.

What makes this book unique
Having a generous-sized balcony in my Toronto condo, I've been eager to transform it into a nature-filled outdoor room. This book is specifically tailored to designing these types of smaller spaces and explores a number of avenues to create pretty container gardens when one has limited square footage. With beautiful photography, Fern also shares ideas to make your space lusciously green without compromising on a seating area. “What’s the point of a beautiful outdoor garden if you don’t have anywhere to sit down and enjoy it?” she asks. With that in mind, Fern suggests a myriad of flooring, lighting and seating options to really optimize small spaces.

Price: $17.29
Publisher: Timber Press

Jennifer Bartoli is a Food Specialist for Canadian Living and the author of the blog


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