Are you thinking of starting a garden or having a little container garden on your patio? For years, I have loved growing fruits on my front porch. I have raspberries and blueberries both growing from containers, but I have to admit, sometimes they aren’t the most productive. As a new gardener, I am always wanting to learn more and figure out how I can do more organic gardening at home to make sure my family has the best when it comes to nutritious, safe vegetables. To help educate myself more on container gardening, I was delighted when I had a chance to review a classic book when it comes to gardening – McGee & Stuckey’s Bountiful Container: Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers.
McGee & Stuckey’s Bountiful Container: What is It
Looking for a book to teach you everything you need to know about gardening? If so, we think you will love McGee & Stuckey’s Bountiful Container: Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers. Here is what the publisher has to say about this classic gardening book:
With few exceptions-such as corn and pumpkins-everything edible that’s grown in a traditional garden can be raised in a container. And with only one exception-watering-container gardening is a whole lot easier. Beginning with the down-to-earth basics of soil, sun and water, fertilizer, seeds and propagation, The Bountiful Container is an extraordinarily complete, plant-by-plant guide.
Written by two seasoned container gardeners and writers, The Bountiful Container covers Vegetables-not just tomatoes (17 varieties) and peppers (19 varieties), butharicots verts, fava beans, Thumbelina carrots, Chioggia beets, and sugarsnap peas. Herbs, from basil to thyme, and including bay leaves, fennel, and saffron crocus. Edible Flowers, such as begonias, calendula, pansies, violets, and roses. And perhaps most surprising, Fruits, including apples, peaches, Meyer lemons, blueberries, currants, and figs-yes, even in the colder parts of the country. (Another benefit of container gardening: You can bring the less hardy perennials in over the winter.) There are theme gardens (an Italian cook’s garden, a Four Seasons garden), lists of sources, and dozens of sidebars on everything from how to be a human honeybee to seeds that are All America Selections.
McGee & Stuckey’s Bountiful Container: Our Thoughts
Honestly, as a new gardener, I was a bit overwhelmed and blown away by McGee & Stuckey’s Bountiful Container: Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers. Before I go any further, I want to make clear that I was overwhelmed in a good way by this book. Rather than think of it as a book you can easily read front to cover about gardening, think of it as a gardening encyclopedia of knowledge. When ti comes to growing edible plants, this should be your go to book. It is a very down to earth, easy to understand book when it comes to anything about gardening, making it a great reference book for gardeners of all experience levels. If you can only buy one gardening book (for those on a budget), I would easily choose McGee & Stuckey’s Bountiful Container: Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers!
McGee & Stuckey’s Bountiful Container: Where to Purchase
Want to purchase this book for yourself or a gardener in your life? You can find McGee & Stuckey’s Bountiful Container: Create Container Gardens of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits, and Edible Flowers on Amazon.com for under $15. If you are considering having a container garden, this is the book for you!
kate g says
Just added this to my wish list. Just what I’ve been looking for… I tried growing cherry tomatoes in a big pot for the first time last year and they went crazy, so many more tomatoes than when i planted them in the ground. I think it was because i really enriched the soil and was better about watering it, but whatever the reason, it made me want to grow everything in pots….I didn’t know that would work for just about all fruits/veggies until i saw this review and now I want to cover my patio with big pots.
This is so nice, it is both pretty and functional. I want to check it out!
Mia E. says
I tried some plants in the container this year and want to give more a try next summer. This would be a way to help me get started.
I need this. I’ve been planting a lot of flowers in containers lately, some are thriving, some not so much, but I don’t know why.
Deborah D says
I just came across this post. It is a little late to start a garden but at least I have it for next spring.