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Sugar Snaps and Strawberries

Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden

Andrea Bellamy, Jackie Connelly (Photographs by)


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Imagine savoring fresh-picked strawberries on a weekend morning, plucking plump figs from your mini-orchard to quarter and serve at a farm-to-table meal with friends, or harvesting and sautéing the edible stalks of garlic bulbs. If the size of your space is bringing you back to reality, here's the best part: you don't need a big backyard to grow your own food. In fact, you don't need a yard at all.

Andrea Bellamy, founder of the acclaimed blog Heavy Petal, gives you the dirt on growing gorgeous organic food with very little square footage. Simple, straightforward, design and growing advice can help you transform just a snippet of space into a stylish and edible oasis. Bellamy goes beyond the surface and shows you how to create and maintain healthy soil, decide what and when to plant, sow seeds and harvest, and most importantly, enjoy the process. So go ahead, picture that tiny nook, corner, strip, porch, alley, balcony, or postage-stamp-sized yard overflowing with fingerling potatoes, fragrant herbs, sugar snap peas, French breakfast radishes, and scarlet runner beans.

Armed with luscious photography, encouraging tips, and sophisticated designs, you're sure to be inspired to join the grow-your-own revolution.

Praise For Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden

“Inspiration for veggie patches on balconies, patios, and the tiniest of city plots. . . . yummy and useful presentation.” —Booklist

“A fine piece of informational, inspiring and winning work.” —Horticulture

“Particularly useful to those urban/suburban homes with very limited space.” —Sustainable Horticulture

“A marvelous book that’s entertaining, extremely useful, and lovely. I recommend it highly.” —Garden Rant

“Full of wisdom and practical advice. . . . Stands apart for its tone, which is both gentle and practical, and its many fascinating sidebars and offshoots. Easy to flip through and find something fun to read in a hurry.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Whether you’ve got a porch or just a windowsill, Heavy Petal blogger Andrea Bellamy has you covered—her Sugar Snaps and Strawberries is an accessible, comprehensive guide to small-space gardening.” —Portland Mercury 

“An invaluable resource for aspiring greenthumbed terrace farmers.” —The Source Weekly

“A great book for beginners and for those of us who need winter eye candy.” —Red Dirt Ramblings

“Chock-full of wisdom, pluck, and good ideas.” —Midwest Home

“Full of smart ideas for how to deal with a seemingly impossible growing situation.” —ReadyMade

“Bright, cheerful, and motivating. . . . you will wonder why anyone would ever hesitate to grow a few edibles even if they have only a fire escape or deck.” —Commonweeder

“I’d recommend it to any new gardener of edibles, particularly one who has limited or no access to a plot of earth she can call her own.” —Digging

“An inspiring book for those with a can-do spirit but not much gardening space.” —Life on the Balcony

Timber Press, 9781604691245, 225pp.

Publication Date: December 15, 2010

About the Author

Andrea Bellamy is the creator of Heavy Petal, a blog devoted to urban organic gardening. She has a certificate in garden design from the University of British Columbia and studied permaculture methods for food production at an urban microfarm. She has been gardening since childhood and has grown food on rooftops, balconies, boulevards, and patios, and in community garden beds, window boxes, traffic circles, frontyards, and backyards. She is the Grow Food columnist for Edible Vancouver magazine, and her writing has appeared in a number of online and print publications. She lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and daughter.