Just in time for Gardening Season I've been reviewing The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden by Karen Newcomb.
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 intercropping, 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.
My Review: I really like The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden. I find as gardening season goes on I'm referring to it more and more for old fashioned organic tips on maximizing my garden. The book is not full of the latest tips and tricks but time tested solutions to garden space, garden pests, and garden soil.
Some specific tips I'm appreciating right now are watering your garden and companion planting.
I'm notorious for watering sometimes. We live in rain country so I always assume that my garden will get some eventually from the sky. The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden let me know that adequate watering is crucial to my gardening success. Did you know that you should be watering to a depth of 3 feet?!! I never even think about watering and am probably starving my plants. Hold on a moment while I go water…
And wouldn't it have been nice if I had read the companion planting section before setting up the onions next to the peas? Well, you learn something new every day.
I don't have a Postage Stamp garden per se but I am using the Square Foot Garden method. The bulk of the book is specific vegetables and plants. What types grow best, growing tips, common pests, and harvesting methods. These are organic methods for having the best garden you can in your space.
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.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Blogging for Books as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”