The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible: How to Grow a Bounty of Food in Pots, Tubs, and Other Containers



Harvest tomatoes on a patio, produce a pumpkin in a planter, and grow broccoli on a balcony! Best-selling author Ed Smith shows you everything you need to know to successfully create and care for an edible container garden, from choosing the right plants and selecting appropriate containers through controlling pests without chemicals and harvesting fresh vegetables. You’ll discover that container gardening is an easy and fun way to enjoy summer’s bounty in even the smallest of growing spaces. 

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Start a vegetable garden — no backyard required!

Whether you’re working in a tiny corner of the yard or setting up on a sunny balcony or rooftop, no space is too small to grow your own food. Learn how to evaluate and maximize the space you have to grow what you love.

Select the best container for your gardening goals

Pairing the right pot with the right plant is the first step toward productive container gardening. From pot dimensions to watering and design considerations, Ed Smith’s insightful advice will help eliminate common container mistakes.

Taste success with expert tips for better production

Gardening in containers gives growers control over everything from soil quality to weed management. This guide’s step-by-step instructions take the guesswork out of optimal container placement, plant cultivation, and efficient maintenance through harvest season.

Discover Ed Smith’s prime picks

From beans and basil to lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and so much more, Ed Smith has selected, planted, tested, and tasted dozens of herb, fruit, and vegetable varieties that thrive in containers. Now you can try his personal favorites for yourself!

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Home gardeners will grow an abundance of vegetables and herbs following Ed Smith’s system for high-yield harvests. Expert advice covers vegetable-specific information, organic methods, solutions for small spaces, and tips for extending the season.

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