The Edible Balcony Growing Fresh Produce in the Heart of the City Alex Mitchell

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    255 x 205 x 10mm
    07 Apr 2011
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Forget lawns and raised beds – a simple balcony or windowbox is all you need to create a miniature Eden of your own so you can eat home-grown fresh fruit and vegetables every day of the year. From an easy edible balcony that can be set up over a weekend to inspirational ideas for designing with recycled and salvaged materials, here you will discover how plants and edibles can be squeezed into whatever space you have available, with gorgeous profusion. Everywhere is a potential grow zone – herbs climbing up walls, salads escaping from recycled guttering, or beans and tomatoes supported by an old hat stand. Packed with detailed planting and growing advice on all the crops featured, plus information on how to make a self-watering container and cope with pests and diseases, this is the essential guide to building an urban eden in the sky. 

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'Old tyres, tins, yogurt pots and colanders are brought into action in Alex Mitchell's imaginative new book for space-starved growers.' Sunday Telegraph

'Finally, someone has devoted an entire book to the subject of how to get things to grow I an entirely container-based veg plot.' The Independent on Sunday

'Urban gardener Alex Mitchell shows us how to make the most of your outdoor space - from a window box to a roof terrace.' YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday

'City dwellers need not meet out on the joys of growing their own fresh fruit and vegetables.'

Alex Mitchell is a writer and gardener who has grown her own fruit, salad, herbs and vegetables for years. She studied at the Chelsea Physic Garden and for the past five years her columns in The Sunday Telegraph have entertained readers with her experiences of turning her garden into an edible Eden. Alex lives and gardens in Greenwich, South-East London, with her partner and two young sons.