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Book review: Sugar Snaps and Strawberries

Sugar Snaps and Strawberries
Simple Solutions For Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden
By Andrea Bellamy

The cheerful title of this book alone (OK, and the pretty cover) made me want to grab Sugar Snaps and Strawberries off my stack of spring gardening books and crack it open first. Author Andrea Bellamy seems to have a knack for clever titles. Her popular blog Heavy Petal has one of those names that make you say to yourself: “Why didn’t I think of that?”

But back to the book. Besides its shiny, happy first impression, Sugar Snaps doesn’t gloss over all the basics, but rather delves deep into the essential to-dos that will lead a gardener of any level to success—without making her want to toss away her trowel in frustration.

Aimed at new gardeners and focusing primarily on small spaces, it’s the book Andrea wishes was available to her when she first started planting food. Andrea aptly recognizes that we’re not all blessed with a yard—or even a balcony. Different types of spaces are recommended and then the book walks readers through some basic principles of garden design, taking care to mention the environmental surroundings that will impact your food production, such as the soil. What to plant when is key for first-timers who may not realize that lettuce grows better in cool conditions, but tomatoes prefer a much warmer bed.

What makes this book unique

Though it aims to arm new gardeners with the basics, Sugar Snaps also delves into more advanced concepts like companion planting and crop rotation. I love that the growing season doesn’t just end with the harvest. Andrea explains how to save your seeds or take cuttings so that you can plant your most successful crops again next year. The last part of the book focuses on the fruits and vegetables themselves, offering Andrea’s top container picks.

Price: $24.95
Publisher: Timber Press


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