The post How to Grow Your Own Vegetables covers books that focus on how to grow your own veggies, including not using animal-based fertilisers and using no-dig methods (earthworm-friendly). This post focuses on those who have no garden, so very little space. The more that people grow a few of their own veggies (even if it’s just herbs on a windowsill), the less profits for supermarkets. In fact, most cress sold in supermarkets (easy to grow yourself) contains very little cress, apparently it’s mostly rapeseed oil.
If you really want it simple, you could buy a vertical planting system, that includes instructions. WallyGro is made from recycled materials, and includes built-in watering reservoir channels, to feed the roots directly, and decrease watering by up to 75%. The breathable front panel promotes root health to allow the soil to aerate naturally. Florafelt Living Walls are similar, made from recycled plastic bottles. This horticulture fabric is nontoxic, very tough and won’t decay (the pockets are mounted onto a rigid board to allow for air circulation behind the panel, to keep walls dry).
Many plants are toxic to pets. Blue Cross & PDSA have good info on pet-safe plants. Learn toxic plants to avoid near dogs, cats, rabbits & guinea pigs (also avoid cocoa mulch near pets). Many plants are toxic to horses, including oak and yew trees. Also see the post on how to kindly deter slugs and snails (to avoid slug pellets, which are toxic to pets, wildlife and children).
- Grow Food at Home: Simple Methods for Small Spaces shows you don’t need lots of space to enjoy the benefits of homegrown veggies. Gardener John Tulluck shows how it is easy to enjoy homegrown produce grown on your windowsill, porch or in a tiny backyard. Covering vertical gardening to straw bale planters, all tips are geared to the small space garden, to make the most of the harvest. Grow a mouthwatering collection of micro crops – from lettuces and herbs to tomatoes, cucumbers, beetroots and small fruits.
- Growing Up The Wall is a book for anyone who has limited outdoor space and wants to grow their own food. This illustrated guide can help you transform plant-free zones into thriving food-growing areas. use homemade or store-bought containers to enable you to grab a salad for lunch, without getting our feet wet. Includes edible roof gardens, green roofs and sheds, ladder allotments, growing frames, wall boxes and hanging baskets. Includes a directory of plants suitable for vertical growing (fruit, veggies, herbs and flowers).
- From Container to Kitchen shows how to grow your own veggies indoors. Select the right size container and location, manage your soil, light, water and humidity and choose the best best fruits and veggies. Also learn to extend the harvest.
- Your Indoor Herb Garden is a book to show you how to successfully grow your own herbs indoor. It has info on equipment, types of soil and feeding and how to use herbs for cooking and healing. Homegrown herbs can also provide oxygen and humidity. Includes a glossary of herbs with their common uses, growing requirements and cautions.