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Micro Food Gardening

Project Plans and Plants for Growing Fruits and Veggies in Tiny Spaces

Jennifer McGuinness



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Voyageur Press
16 March 2021
Tiny plants are poised to take over the gardening world. And no category of tiny plants is as welcome and wildly embraceable as tiny edibles. Not only are they cute as a button, but they're tasty and nutritious too! In Micro Food Gardening, author and small-space gardening pro Jen McGuiness, introduces you to a world of miniature edible plants and dozens of DIY projects for growing them.

Not everyone has room to grow a full-sized tomato plant or a melon vine that takes up more room than your car, but everyone has space for a micro tomato that tops out at the height of a Barbie doll or a dwarf watermelon with vines that won't grow any longer than your leg. From miniature herbs and salad greens to tiny strawberry plants, baby beets, and mini cabbages, you'll quickly discover that micro gardening offers a surprisingly diverse and delicious array of edible opportunities. Plus, with step-by-step instructions for a plethora of DIY micro food gardening projects, you'll be up and growing in no time at all. Whether you micro garden on a high-rise balcony, an itty bitty patio, a front porch container, or even in a basket on the handlebars of your bicycle, there are mini food plants ready to start cranking out fresh produce just a few weeks after planting. Creative projects include:

* A window box of mini potatoes for a porch, deck, or fire escape railing * A mini lettuce table that serves to both grow food and hold your beverage * A compact cake tower of strawberry plants * A wine box spice garden * A mini food fountain with herbs, veggies, and edible flowers * A small-space omelette garden for cooking up the perfect breakfast Plus, several indoor food-growing projects will have you enjoying homegrown micro veggies year-round, even in cold climates. With advice on plant selection and care, project plans, full colour photography, and growing tips, Micro Food Gardening is here to show you the joys of growing your own fresh, organic food, no matter where you call home.
By:   Jennifer McGuinness
Imprint:   Voyageur Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 254mm,  Width: 203mm, 
ISBN:   9780760369838
ISBN 10:   0760369836
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   16 March 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction: Why Grow Micro Food? SECTION 1: Setting Up Your Space Starting Micro Food by Seed Growing Plants That Others Have Started Container Basics Lighting Watering Soil Choice SECTION 2: Micro Food Growing Projects Lettuce Bicycle Basket Edible Side Table Hanging Gutter Garden Baby Bok Choy Cups Fingerling Potato Window Box Edible Flowers Mini Stir-fry Garden Basket Root Garden Strawberry Cake Stand Micro Food Fountain Repurposed Aquarium Window Box Veggies Wine Box Spice and Herb Garden Taste of Italy Melon Magic Trellis Worm Bungalow Rainwater Collector with Living Wreath Cuke Tower Mini Salsa Garden Cherry Tomato Candy It's All in Your Head Thyme Chessboard Shady Garden Bed Cool Cookie Container Combo Omelet Combo Sprouts Create Your Own Indoor Grow Light Microgreens Muffin Pan Basil Windowsill Pea Shoots Conclusion Resources Meet Jen McGuinness Author Acknowledgments Index

Jen McGuinness began regularly writing as Frau Zinnie in 2011 on The website features Jen's writing, photography, and personal gardening experiences in her Connecticut, US, garden, along with interviews with garden experts. She is a proponent of organic gardening methods and pollinator-friendly gardens. Jen is a writer, editor, and photographer. She's worked in local journalism, nonprofit communications, a small business, and now in corporate communications. She explored other interests along the way, earning two master's degrees. Jen is an award-winning local journalist, earning recognition from the New England Press Association, the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Awards for Publication Excellence.

Reviews for Micro Food Gardening: Project Plans and Plants for Growing Fruits and Veggies in Tiny Spaces

McGuinness, founder of the blog FrauZinnie, applies as much practicality as imagination to gardening in her clever, energetic debut. * Publishers Weekly *

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