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Appealing to everyone from those with garden, balcony, and rooftop space to those who grow vegetables in containers, this expanded edition builds on the success of the first edition and includes a host of new photographs and updated material that shows the reader how to nurture and harvest avocados, chayote, dill, dragon fruit, and pak choi.
This book points the way, especially for beginners and those who may only have a balcony or a rooftop and are limited to growing in containers. It is not just about gardening in a narrow sense. It delves into the growing of plants as a multidisciplinary activity involving not only botany, but also zoology, geology, meteorology, philosophy, ornithology, and more. The book sends a strong environmental message for a re-evaluation of modern lifestyle.
Living in a crowded city need not mean uprooting one's connection with the earth. City gardens are proliferating at a healthy rate, and plants can be enjoyed on a rooftop, balcony, terrace or a simple window sill. There are, of course, special difficulties to gardening in cities: how to deal with typhoons, how to produce organic pest control sprays, how to turn garden waste into compost, how to use kitchenwares as tools and containers...After all, how it is possible to connect with Mother Earth in even the most restricted spaces? With this book, help is at hand for anyone who wants to know how to grow things in an urban setting. Established gardeners and rank beginners alike will find something helpful among these pages, which are sprinkled with anecdotes, recipes, photographs, illustrations and grass-roots philosophy. Non-gardeners will also enjoy this celebration of nature and ecology in words and pictures. Where so many of the available glossy books are dominated by sweeping lawns and massed tropical plantings, this book takes us back to the more familiar home garden in its many guises.