Book review: ‘Micro Food Gardening’ has tips to growing fruits and vegetables in tiny spaces – OregonLive


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“Micro Food Gardening: Project Plans and Plants for Growing Fruits and Veggies in Tiny Spaces” is by Jen McGuinness aka Frau Zinnie.Cool Springs Press“Micro Food Gardening: Project Plans and Plants for Growing Fruits and Veggies in Tiny Spaces” by Jen McGuinness ($26.99, Cool Springs Press): The value of growing bite-size edibles in spots as small as a windowsill is presented at the start of McGuinness’ thoughtful, 176-page guide: With more families living in cities and Earth’s population continuing to expand, space will become even more precious and micro gardening with mini plants can aid our challenge.Beside, bitty strawberries, baby beets and compact cabbages are tasty and packed with nutrition.The organic gardener and writer, best known for her posts on Frau Zinnie, a self-described blog of ornamental and edible gardening adventures, offers details on nurturing seeds and starter plants to produce herbs, fruits and vegetables.She takes great care in guiding readers about the nitty-gritty of soil, light, water and nutrients.Most of the book is dedicated to fun growing projects that are creative as well as practical and doable for gardeners of all levels of experience. Each project, like a “lettuce table,” has a list of materials needed, descriptions, photographs and specific steps that take you from start to harvest.No indoor or outdoor garden is too small. She includes pea shoots in a mason jar and a wine box spice garden as well as other containers on a balcony, patio and front porch, even a basket between the handlebars of a bicycle.McGuinness’ final statement is encouraging: “If you want to grow something, you can.”— Sally PetersonNote to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission.
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