Book review: ‘Micro Food Gardening’ has tips to growing fruits and vegetables in tiny spaces

“Micro Food Gardening: Project Plans and Plants for Growing Fruits and Veggies in Tiny Spaces” by Jen McGuinness ($ 26.99, Cool Springs Press): The Value of Growing Bite-Sized Edibles in Places As Small as a Windowsill Is Becoming Introduced earlier this year, McGuinness’ thoughtful, 176-page guide: As more families live in cities and the world’s population continues to grow, space becomes even more valuable and micro-gardeners with mini plants can support our challenge.

In addition, small strawberries, baby beets and compact cabbage are tasty and nutritious.

The organic gardener and author, best known for her posts on Ms. Zinnie, a self-described blog about ornamental and edible gardening adventures, provides details on caring for seeds and starter plants for making herbs, fruits, and vegetables.

She attaches great importance to informing readers about the essentials of soil, light, water and nutrients.

Most of the book is devoted to fun growing projects that are both creative and practical, and doable for gardeners of all skill levels. Each project, like a “salad table,” has a list of materials needed, descriptions, photos, and specific steps that will take you from start to finish.

No indoor or outdoor garden is too small. It includes pea sprouts in a mason jar and wine crate spice garden, as well as other containers on a balcony, patio, and porch, even a basket between the handlebars of a bike.

The final statement from McGuinness is encouraging: “If you want to grow something, you can.”

– Sally Peterson

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