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Whether you plan to garden vertically or not, this book is worth a long look. Author Amy Andrychowicz covers the reasons for and the techniques behind vertical gardening in an easy-to-digest format that will leave gardeners itching to get outside and experiment. The beautifully illustrated book comes loaded with pictures offering examples and ideas as well as detailed how-to for constructing the three chapters of projects. As I browsed the author’s suggestions my idea machine clicked into overdrive. Note the projects make use of common materials and most can be completed with a minimum of carpentry skill and tools. I was delighted to learn that another gardener has discovered the electrical conduit section of the home center.

Many of us garden in limited space whether that is on a postage-stamp lot in a city or the balcony of an apartment or the tiny lawn surrounding the patio of a townhome. We long to grow and harvest bountiful vegetable crops but space limitations are our reality. In Vertical Gardening, Andrychowicz offers hope and spells out the best plants for successfully using the space. I especially appreciated her explanation of determinate versus indeterminate when discussing tomatoes. My crop last year overtook a section of the porch with invasive vines that conquered territory but refused to yield fruit. Time to try another variety, and Vertical Gardening offers several trellis ideas that will support the vines in season and add interest to the garden out of season.

Frustrated over your limited garden space? Want to be the gardener on the street with vegetables to share with neighbors? Is your mouth watering for a fresh tomato and cucumber for the next salad? Why not pick up a copy of Vertical Gardening, grab an iced tea, and invest a few hours pondering the potential of the space above you.