Gardening Books for Confined Spaces, Kids & Tea Enthusiasts!


Container Vegetable Gardening

Liz Dobbs with Anne Halpin

CompanionHouse Books

2012, 2019, 160 pages

ISBN: 9781620083208

If you don’t have much space on which to grow a garden you pretty much have to rely on containers to grow your vegetables and herbs. But even if you have gardens, these areas can be complemented by containers. We have numerous organic gardens but every year we plant tomatoes, lettuce, strawberries, herbs and other plants in pots and hanging baskets. In Container Vegetable Gardening: Growing Crops in Pots in Every Space Liz Dobbs, with Anne Halpin, offers considerable information as to how you can effectively grow everything from peppers and potatoes to cucumbers and corn.

The book is divided into sections on “How to Grow,” “What to Grow” and “Big Ideas for Small Places” providing valuable information on such topics as watering plants, choosing containers, growing from seeds, planting containers, caring for your plants, “ideas for getting the most out of small spaces” – and more. I’ve got lots of ideas for planting a variety of vegetables and herbs in interesting containers of various sizes. The informative text is complemented by numerous, colour photographs. Whether you are a rookie gardener or you have been gardening for decades you will find some useful and creative ideas in this book.

Gardening With Emma

Emma Biggs with Steven Biggs

Storey Publishing

2019, 144 pages

ISBN: 9781612129259

ages 8+

Gardening With Emma is an important book for many reasons. Not only is it written by a child (Emma is 13) for children, but it encourages them to get outside and get dirty while learning about sustainability, the importance of fresh, nutritious vegetables and learning about plants.

In Gardening With Emma, Emma provides other kids with some of the basics of gardening and plants before looking at topics such as garden supplies, bugs, growing vegetables and flowers, attracting birds and other animals, starting seeds indoors, sowing seeds outdoors, extending the growing season – and lots more.

Growing much of your own produce can help fight climate change and increase biodiversity which will become increasingly important and Gardening With Emma can be a good tool to achieve these vital goals.

Growing Your Own Tea Garden

Jodi Helmer

CompanionHouse Books

2019, 144 pages

ISBN: 9781620083222

Years ago I grew some herbs specifically for tea which was fun – and tasted great. And I was thinking of doing this again when I came across the book Growing Your Own Tea Garden: The Guide to Growing and Harvesting Flavorful Teas in Your Backyard by Jodi Helmer. And after perusing this book with lots of plant suggestions for tea (and lots of photos) I’m more determined than ever to bring back my new and improved tea garden!

The book starts off with “A Brief History of Tea” before going into “Choosing Plants for Your Tea Garden,” “Brewing the Best Tea Garden” and “From Cultivation to Cup: Making the Perfect Cup of Tea.” The chapter on choosing plants covers the different teas (white, green, black and oolong) and then looks at teas made from leaves, flowers, fruits and roots.

I found the section on garden designs in the chapter “Brewing the Best Tea Garden” useful as it provides suggestions on what to grow in gardens designed for helping with a variety of issues such as sleep, fatigue, relaxing, immune boosts and more. I enjoy a nice cup of lemon tea so I was pleased to see what plants I could put in a “Lots of Lemon Tea Garden.”

The final chapter covers things such as brewing (including tools for DIY brews), preserving the harvest and recipes. While the recipes section is fairly short, it offers some interesting recipes for such teas as “Lemon Balm Blend,” “Immune-Boosting Blend” and “Weedy Brew.”

Growing Your Own Tea Garden is an informative and useful guide for those who like tea and who want to make their own.