A good gardening book is one that inspires you to finally get out there and start gardening. Reference guides are one thing, but what most of us really need is just a good old kick in the proverbial pants to get us outside and playing in the dirt.
Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening, The No Yard, No Time, No Problem Way to Grow Your Own Food by William Moss delivers on that inspiration to give you the confidence to start gardening for yourself, no matter what kind of space you’re starting with.
I was given a copy of this book so I could do this review, and the first thing I noticed is the gorgeous, full-page photos of the vegetables you can focus on to be most successful. These veggies are accompanied by a quick-and-easy reference pages outlining the at-a-glace basics you need to grow these all-stars. The beauty of gardening is calming and comforting to me, and I want my gardening books to be just as beautiful. The photos in this book deliver.
Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening starts out by walking you through some introductory gardening topics: sunlight needs, soil amending, soil testing, seed starting/transplanting, spacing, intercropping, watering, mulching, etc. If you are brand new to gardening, you may want to educate yourself further about these topics through other sources. This book gives you an overview of what goes into getting starting with gardening but doesn’t go into a lot of detail. Gardening is a big enough topic that each individual thing, like composting, could fill an entire book. If you like knowing everything, the information is out there, or you can do like me and basically just wing it! This book gives you enough information to get started.
You might think that you need lots of space in order to garden. That’s where this book provides valuable inspiration. Whether you have a tiny yard, just a balcony or rooftop, or a community garden plot, this book will reassure you that you can still get started with growing your own vegetables. The basics of raised beds, container gardens, vertical gardening, and even window boxes are all covered here.
Whoever you are, whatever kind of space you have, however much time you have, absolutely anyone can at least grow tomatoes and then use your very own tomatoes in your cooking. Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening gives you an entire chapter on tomatoes. From varieties of tomatoes to how to best care for them, you’ll find everything you need to know to ensure your successful tomato bounty.
If you think it’s the wrong time to think about gardening, you’re mistaken. Now is just the right time to be putting in some cooler weather crops. I just planted carrots, broccoli, lettuce, and spinach. Your tomatoes will have to wait until next year, but now is a good time to pick up a gardening book, get inspired, and get some seeds in the ground or get to planning for spring. Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening (order on Amazon!) is a book that will help you on your way.