Fresh Food From Small Spaces

Fresh Food From Small Spaces

The Square Inch Gardener's Guide to Year-round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting

Book - 2008
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Books on container gardening have been wildly popular with urban and suburban readers, but until now, there has been no comprehensive "how-to" guide for growing fresh food in the absence of open land. Fresh Food from Small Spaces fills the gap as a practical, comprehensive, and downright fun guide to growing food in small spaces. It provides readers with the knowledge and skills necessary to produce their own fresh vegetables, mushrooms, sprouts, and fermented foods as well as to raise bees and chickens--all without reliance on energy-intensive systems like indoor lighting and hydroponics.

Readers will learn how to transform their balconies and windowsills into productive vegetable gardens, their countertops and storage lockers into commercial-quality sprout and mushroom farms, and their outside nooks and crannies into whatever they can imagine, including sustainable nurseries for honeybees and chickens. Free space for the city gardener might be no more than a cramped patio, balcony, rooftop, windowsill, hanging rafter, dark cabinet, garage, or storage area, but no space is too small or too dark to raise food.

With this book as a guide, people living in apartments, condominiums, townhouses, and single-family homes will be able to grow up to 20 percent of their own fresh food using a combination of traditional gardening methods and space-saving techniques such as reflected lighting and container "terracing." Those with access to yards can produce even more.

Author R. J. Ruppenthal worked on an organic vegetable farm in his youth, but his expertise in urban and indoor gardening has been hard-won through years of trial-and-error experience. In the small city homes where he has lived, often with no more than a balcony, windowsill, and countertop for gardening, Ruppenthal and his family have been able to eat at least some homegrown food 365 days per year. In an era of declining resources and environmental disruption, Ruppenthal shows that even urban dwellers can contribute to a rebirth of local, fresh foods.

Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub. Co., c2008
ISBN: 9781603580281
Branch Call Number: 635 RUP
Characteristics: xiv, 178 p. :,ill. ;,26 cm


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Aug 20, 2015

This book contains brief overviews of several topics, which I guess could be helpful if you're trying to figure out what topics you'd like to explore in greater depth, otherwise, it doesn't go in-depth enough.

ChristchurchLib May 12, 2014

"One of the best things you can do for your health, pocketbook, and the planet is to grow some of your own food. This may seem impossible if you're an apartment-dweller or you've got a postage-stamp yard, but R.J. Ruppenthal's "mini-course in urban food production" demonstrates how even a rooftop, windowsill, or counter can be enough space to provide home-grown food. In addition to fruits, vegetables, and herbs, you can also provide your own grains, mushrooms, fermented foods (like yogurt), and -- as yard space and local laws allow -- honey and eggs. If you're looking to cultivate a more sustainable lifestyle, you should check out this inspiring and practical book." Home, Garden, and DIY May 2014 newsletter

catje Aug 08, 2012

This is a book of ideas, not practical advice. You can read it in a day, but it won't actually help with anything you can't figure out on your own.

camillejowalker Jan 08, 2012

maybe buy this?

Aug 28, 2011

I've been inspired to start sprouting, and I'll think about getting into growing faster-growing type mushrooms (oyster). A bit more about different easy-to-grow mushroom varieties would have been helpful.

Feb 09, 2010

I really loved this book and read it all in one day! I'm trying to start a small urban garden on my townhome porch and references on how to use such a small space are few and far between. After reading this I have a load of ideas to work with and can't wait for the growing season to start. It's a must read for anyone who wants to try some sustainable gardening and are limited on space.

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