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Book Review: Edward C. Smith’s The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible


Book Review: Edward C. Smith’s The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible

264 pages
Storey Publishing, 2011
List price: $19.95

Edward C. Smith, already a respected authority on vegetable gardening, takes it to a new level with container gardening in this beautifully illustrated guide. He shows how even people without backyard gardens can grow healthy vegetables year-round in an efficient, organized, colorful, and cost-effective way.

In part one, Smith provides detailed information on a vast variety of growing containers, stressing that self-watering containers perform best in most situations. Concise information on soils and compost, gardening tools, trellises, and watering is included in this section as well.

In part two, Smith gives advice on which types of seeds or seedlings to use, where to place containers, managing pests and diseases, and how to harvest from containers.

Part three delves into Smith’s unique and invaluable recommendations of plants suitable for container gardening; specifically, which varieties will do best in containers. Smith tested many varieties and came up with his favorites for container gardening. These are delineated with an “Ed’s Pick” blue ribbon. This section includes vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers.

Smith researched for this book extensively, and his knowledge shines through his clear, concise writing. This book is a must-have for anyone looking to grow edibles in containers.

Edward C. Smith is the bestselling author of The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible who lives in Vermont with his wife, Sylvia. Together, they grow more than 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs in their earth and container gardens.

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