One of the best books for beginning and experienced vegetable gardeners, this clear, straightforward, easy-to-read gardening bestseller (over 500,000 copies sold) uses organic, biodynamic methods to produce large amounts of vegetables in very small spaces.
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. Revised for an all new generation of gardeners, this edition includes brand new information on the variety of heirloom vegetables available today and how to grow them the postage stamp way.
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.
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale; February 2015
- ISBN: 9781607746843
- Read online, or download in secure ePub format
- Title: The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden
- Author: Karen Newcomb
Imprint: Ten Speed Press
In The Press
“A welcome guide. In addition to a new section on heirloom vegetables, the book offers step-by-step instructions to make even the tiniest vegetable garden a huge success…Whether you want to grow a single pot of herbs on a balcony or dedicate a 10-by-10-foot garden bed to the endeavor, this book will take you from seed to harvest, capably.” --Gardenista
"Challenges gardeners to think inside the box to expand their harvest from minimal spaces...Layout examples, detailed descriptions of heirloom vegetables, flowers, and herbs available today, and an extensive list of seed sources round out the book." --American Gardener magazine
"Recommended reading....Postage Stamp gardening brings big harvests out of little spaces." --Horticulture magazine
Library Journal Gardening Bestseller List
“A very accessible overview of planning, planting, and nurturing the small vegetable garden…Homeowners excited about growing vegetables in a corner of the yard or the community gardener facing the blank stretch of garden soil for the first or twenty-first time will find excellent recommendations.” –Maureen Sundberg, ecolandscaping.org
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.