Stand Up and Garden

By Susan Littlefield

If that loud noise you hear when you get up from kneeling in your garden is your bones creaking, then Stand Up and Garden (The Countryman Press, 2012, $16.95) is the book for you! Written by Master Gardener Mary Moss-Sprague, it describes her no-dig, no-till, no-stooping approach to growing vegetables and herbs, a system that lets everyone enjoy a healthful and delicious harvest.

She starts by covering container growing and vertical gardening in detail. But her most innovative system is her version of raised beds. Using bales of straw as an underpinning, Moss-Sprague teaches you how to easily build waist-high beds that can be tended standing up, easing the strain on your back and knees. Not only do these beds make life easier for the gardener, they provide ideal growing conditions for plants as well, with fewer weed and disease problems.

Moss-Sprague also describes how to set up a micro-drip irrigation system to make your raised bed or container garden even more carefree, and includes basic planting and growing information, along with helpful sections on making compost and dealing with weeds, pests, and diseases in sustainable, environmentally responsible ways. Even gardeners without physical challenges will find much to interest them.

For more information on Stand Up and Garden, go to: The Countryman Press.

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