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Climate activist and farmer Acadia Tucker fell in love with container gardening after glimpsing its potential to produce food—lots of food. By applying select growing practices, and managing for square inches rather than square feet, she has come up with instructions for growing a small-scale farm in your patio, on your stoop, or in your dining room. If all you want is a g Climate activist and farmer Acadia Tucker fell in love with container gardening after glimpsing its potential to produce food—lots of food. By applying select growing practices, and managing for square inches rather than square feet, she has come up with instructions for growing a small-scale farm in your patio, on your stoop, or in your dining room. If all you want is a garden just big enough to line a windowsill, she’s got you covered there, too. Her goal is to make it easier for anyone with access to a patch of sun to grow and harvest food—year round, if you’d like. No backyard required. Tiny Victory Gardens includes step-by-step guidance on finding the right containers (there are wrong ones), prepping your soil, growing plants indoors and outdoors, and raising crops all year long. It profiles 21 crops that are easy to grow in containers, including tomatoes, lemon trees, and avocados, and includes recipes for cultivating mini farms in pots, with names like Tiny Herb Garden, Griller’s Choice, and Beans, Bees, and Butterflies. As she has in all her gardening books, Acadia describes how to maximize the environmental impact of growing food. She offers tips on attracting pollinators, and how to build microbe-rich living soil. She shares hacks that help you cut back on watering, and how to ditch harmful pesticides and fertilizers. She also makes a case for why it’s practical to develop food gardening skills in a climate-whipped world. Part of the inspiration for this book is the victory garden movement that was so popular during World Wars I and II, when US citizens turned out in force to do their patriotic duty and grow food for their country. It’s time for another victory garden movement, writes Acadia. If more of us commit to growing our own food, and do it in a way that’s good for the planet, we can buffer some of the effects of climate change, and promote food resilience, for ourselves and for our neighborhoods. Acadia Tucker has published Growing Perennial Foods and Growing Good Food, which describe how to grow food in your backyard in a way that’s good for the planet. Tiny Victory Gardens is another addition to the Stone Pier Press citizen gardening series, which also includes Lawns Into Meadows


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Climate activist and farmer Acadia Tucker fell in love with container gardening after glimpsing its potential to produce food—lots of food. By applying select growing practices, and managing for square inches rather than square feet, she has come up with instructions for growing a small-scale farm in your patio, on your stoop, or in your dining room. If all you want is a g Climate activist and farmer Acadia Tucker fell in love with container gardening after glimpsing its potential to produce food—lots of food. By applying select growing practices, and managing for square inches rather than square feet, she has come up with instructions for growing a small-scale farm in your patio, on your stoop, or in your dining room. If all you want is a garden just big enough to line a windowsill, she’s got you covered there, too. Her goal is to make it easier for anyone with access to a patch of sun to grow and harvest food—year round, if you’d like. No backyard required. Tiny Victory Gardens includes step-by-step guidance on finding the right containers (there are wrong ones), prepping your soil, growing plants indoors and outdoors, and raising crops all year long. It profiles 21 crops that are easy to grow in containers, including tomatoes, lemon trees, and avocados, and includes recipes for cultivating mini farms in pots, with names like Tiny Herb Garden, Griller’s Choice, and Beans, Bees, and Butterflies. As she has in all her gardening books, Acadia describes how to maximize the environmental impact of growing food. She offers tips on attracting pollinators, and how to build microbe-rich living soil. She shares hacks that help you cut back on watering, and how to ditch harmful pesticides and fertilizers. She also makes a case for why it’s practical to develop food gardening skills in a climate-whipped world. Part of the inspiration for this book is the victory garden movement that was so popular during World Wars I and II, when US citizens turned out in force to do their patriotic duty and grow food for their country. It’s time for another victory garden movement, writes Acadia. If more of us commit to growing our own food, and do it in a way that’s good for the planet, we can buffer some of the effects of climate change, and promote food resilience, for ourselves and for our neighborhoods. Acadia Tucker has published Growing Perennial Foods and Growing Good Food, which describe how to grow food in your backyard in a way that’s good for the planet. Tiny Victory Gardens is another addition to the Stone Pier Press citizen gardening series, which also includes Lawns Into Meadows

35 review for Tiny Victory Gardens: Growing food without a yard

  1. 4 out of 5

    Micaela

    Acadia is back at it again, with a comprehensive guide to container gardening through a regenerative lens. As someone who is more familiar with small-scale farming, it's been an interesting experience to try gardening in containers during the pandemic. I learned new things about creating the right soil, including choosing more sustainable soil components, organically-derived amendments, different contaminants in urban areas, and more. I also found the sun map and thrill-fill-spill concepts to be Acadia is back at it again, with a comprehensive guide to container gardening through a regenerative lens. As someone who is more familiar with small-scale farming, it's been an interesting experience to try gardening in containers during the pandemic. I learned new things about creating the right soil, including choosing more sustainable soil components, organically-derived amendments, different contaminants in urban areas, and more. I also found the sun map and thrill-fill-spill concepts to be especially helpful in designing a container garden to maximize space. This book challenged me to rethink my perspective on container gardening and realize its potential to successfully grow a wide variety of different crops. I believe more people will be empowered to grow their own tiny victory gardens - to increase food security, protect food sovereignty, and fight climate change.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jared Kent

    As someone who cooks frequently but lives in a small apartment without a yard, this book was amazing for helping me set up a windowsill herb garden that I could turn to whenever I need some fresh herbs. The book is filled with incredible insights and easy enough instructions that even someone like me, who historically has struggled with gardening, (I once killed a cactus plant) can master the steps. Having the herbs right in my living room has saved me so much time and money instead of buying th As someone who cooks frequently but lives in a small apartment without a yard, this book was amazing for helping me set up a windowsill herb garden that I could turn to whenever I need some fresh herbs. The book is filled with incredible insights and easy enough instructions that even someone like me, who historically has struggled with gardening, (I once killed a cactus plant) can master the steps. Having the herbs right in my living room has saved me so much time and money instead of buying them at the grocery store. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to start their own apartment garden!

  3. 4 out of 5

    S Luke

    This container gardening guide anticipates your questions and troubles before they even arise! Author Acadia includes these clever planting “recipes” for planting combiantions. The book does a great job of addressing the basics through advanced planning and problem-solving (like light needs, drainage, even how to make it look good [!]), within the confines and world of growing in pots. Thank you Acadia!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    The focus of this book on container gardening is great for someone like me who has limited space but wants to grow some of their own food. Acadia's thorough instructions are easy to understand for a beginner, and I love the inclusion of "recipes" of different plants that grow well together! The focus of this book on container gardening is great for someone like me who has limited space but wants to grow some of their own food. Acadia's thorough instructions are easy to understand for a beginner, and I love the inclusion of "recipes" of different plants that grow well together!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jess Kowalski

    A must read for folks who want to learn how to grow at home without land. It's broken down into simple terms and walks the reader through every step of the growing process with common questions included! A must read for folks who want to learn how to grow at home without land. It's broken down into simple terms and walks the reader through every step of the growing process with common questions included!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Another great read by Acadia Tucker! Acadia really simplified the process of growing a container gardens. Her writing is very engaging and she explains the topic very well. She even covered pollinating plants indoors and includes recipes to make once you successfully grow your crop. I would highly suggest reading this book as well as Acadia's other books. Another great read by Acadia Tucker! Acadia really simplified the process of growing a container gardens. Her writing is very engaging and she explains the topic very well. She even covered pollinating plants indoors and includes recipes to make once you successfully grow your crop. I would highly suggest reading this book as well as Acadia's other books.

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