Thursday, February 12, 2015

Review: The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden by:Karen Newcomb

 The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden: Grow Tons of Organic Vegetables in Tiny Spaces and Containers
About the Book:
This classic gardening bestseller (over 500,000 copies sold) uses ecologically friendly, intensive biodynamic methods to produce large amounts of vegetables in very tiny spaces. Revised for an all new generation of gardeners, the 40th anniversary edition includes brand new information on the variety of heirloom vegetables available today and how to grow them the postage stamp way.

     To accommodate today's lifestyles, a garden needs to fit easily into a very small plot, take as little time as possible to maintain, require a minimum amount of water, and still produce prolifically. That's exactly what a postage stamp garden does. Postage stamp gardens are as little as 4 by 4 feet, and, after the initial soil preparation, they require very little extra work to produce a tremendous amount of vegetables--for instance, a 5-by-5-foot bed will produce a minimum of 200 pounds of vegetables.

When first published 40 years ago, the postage stamp techniques, including closely planted beds rather than rows, vines and trailing plants grown vertically to free up space, and inter-cropping, were groundbreaking. Now, in an ever busier world, the postage stamp intensive gardening method continues to be invaluable for gardeners who wish to weed, water, and work a whole lot less yet produce so much more.

About the Author:
Karen Newcomb has contributed to and co-written eight gardening books with her late husband, Duane. She is a lifetime vegetable gardener,  garden blogger, and avid writer, and has been a writing teacher for more than twenty years. She lives in Rocklin, California.

My Review:
 I am here to tell you, gardening is not easy. It takes a lot of work! Then couple that with the fact that you have a small space and you will surely run into problems. The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden, now in it's 40th anniversary edition is being re-released in a completely revised edition perfect for our time today. People in an even busier lifestyle fast-paced world need bigger and better solutions to feed there family. And many of those same families are not only budget minded but are also more interested in organic gardening and things safer for the environment and safer for their families as well.

 The author instructs you to make a special type of soil mix to give your crops a boost and just overall performance. The basis for a postage stamp garden is that it will be enough vegetables that you could grow in the amount of space in relation to that of a postage stamp. Place your crops close together to save space. You will utilize several different techniques into this type of gardening such as vertical crops, inter-cropping, succession planting, and other techniques such as these. Water well and use as many organic methods to aid you in getting the best vegetables this year to date.

 This revised version of the book will release February 17th, just in time for this years garden planning.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Blogging for Books.