Small Space Edible Gardening

By Susan Littlefield

If you're interested in growing some of your own food, but aren't sure you have the space or time to do so, turn to horticultural educator William Moss for inspiration and advice. In his new book Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening (Cool Springs Press, 2012, $21.99), Moss explains how to grow your own fresh, nutritious vegetables, whether you have a yard or community garden plot with space for an in-ground garden, or a patio, balcony, rooftop, or even just a front stoop or window box. He details how to get the biggest harvest from the least amount of space, highlights the top ten veggies for small spaces, discusses growing in raised beds and containers, and outlines the benefits of vertical gardening with trellises, pergolas, arbors, hanging baskets, and green walls.

For time-strapped gardeners, Moss provides a helpful section on time-saving garden strategies that help reduce the time and effort needed to bring in the harvest, as well as ways to save on the amount of water used. This is followed by step-by-step instructions for growing, harvesting, and eating an extensive array of vegetables, including a special section for the ever-popular tomato. Here Moss covers everything from variety selection to growing techniques to dealing with tomato problems and pests, and gives you his eleven top tomato picks, which include heirloom varieties and modern hybrids; big slicers and cherry tomatoes; and red, purple, yellow, even ivory colored fruits!

Above all, Moss thinks that gardening should be enjoyable. He urges gardeners to have fun, not to stress, to start small, and not be intimidated if they are just starting out. With his book for guidance, you can do just that!

For more about Any Size, Anywhere Gardening and William Moss, go to: Cool Springs Press.

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