Monday, July 22, 2013

Vertical Vegetable Gardening

By Chris McLaughlin

Have you ever wanted to start your own garden but didn’t think you had the space? Then this book is for you! In this helpful how-to guide, experienced gardener Chris McLaughlin teaches you how to grow plants in vertical structures rather than sprawled out on the ground. This book is specifically focused on growing edible plants, so no matter how much space you have, you can still enjoy your own healthy, home grown vegetables.
It turns out that saving space is by no means the only reason to try vertical gardening. For one thing, this gardening method uses less soil, which saves you considerable time watering. For another, using less soil will save you money. Because vertically grown plants have better air circulation, you’ll also be bothered with fewer pests, weeds and plant diseases.
McLaughlin spends the first part of her book giving instructions on how to set up a vertical garden. This includes a detailed section on how to build your own vertical structures from scratch. From simple fences to trellises and cages, this book provides step-by-step guidelines (including materials lists) on how to make them. If you don’t feel like constructing things from scratch, McLaughlin also has a section on how to convert anything from spice racks to garbage bags into vertical gardening structures.
Intrigued? Vertical Vegetable Gardening is on sale at the Brookline Booksmith right now! Make sure to go check it out!