Small? Yes. A concrete slab populated solely with plastic chairs and an abandoned grill? Not anymore.
Chances are your balcony, porch, or patio could use a major makeover. Fern Richardson, charismatic creator of the blog Life on the Balcony, is here to walk you through the process of beautifying a small space — even when your budget is just as small.
This exciting guide layers practical gardening fundamentals with creative solutions that encourage thinking outside the pot. Maybe this means repurposing a shipping pallet to create a colorful vertical garden of nasturtiums and lobelia. Or simply seeing walls, rafters, railings, and everything in between as fair game. You'll also learn how to tackle unique challenges, like windy conditions when gardening several stories above street level, and how to care for plants and troubleshoot with the best of them.
From design basics to essential plant picks, Small-Space Container Gardens proves you don't need a yard to have a garden. For anyone who wants more green in their life, it's time to get out there and start growing.
"Walks you through beautifying a small space, such as a balcony, porch, patio or small yard, even on a tight budget."
"From selection of plants to illustrations of how to lay it all out, beginning and experienced gardeners alike will find plenty of inspiration."
—Kylee Baumle, Horticulture
"Ideas to help patio gardens look polished and planned."
—Nara Schoenberg, Chicago Tribune
"Packed with gorgeous photographs, making it pleasant to browse through for quick inspiration. The author's real-life take on small-space gardening makes reading the full text worthwhile."
—Fort Worth Examiner
"The best book on balcony gardening on the market today. I highly recommend this book to all small space gardeners (novice or expert)."
—The Real Gardener
"Fern Richardson's delightful blog, Life on the Balcony, is chock-full of ideas for small-space gardening in containers, and now she has put some of her best ones into a beautifully written and designed book."