The Urban Gardener

The Urban Gardener

Book - 2014
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In The Urban Gardener, garden designer and lecturer Matt James provides an approachable, practical guide to making the most of an urban garden, including:

How to design an urban space - from balconies and roof terraces to courtyards, basement areas and window ledges. Ten ways to improve your environment through sustainable gardening techniques. Creating a space for living, with areas for dining, playing and growing your own produce. Planting the urban garden: using plants to define space; to introduce color, form and texture; and to provide much needed shade and privacy. Looking after the urban garden: planting techniques and timing, irrigation, drainage and weed control. Fifteen step-by-step projects, including creating a living green wall and installing a green roof. Directory of plants that will thrive in an urban environment.
Publisher: London : Mitchell Beazley, 2014
ISBN: 9781845337964
Characteristics: 224 p. : ill. ; 26 cm


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Feb 22, 2017

Full of color photos and alternate idea suggestions for each example, this book works for the new gardener starting with a blank slate and the experienced gardener who wants to change up their design. Also pleasing for the apartment-dwelling armchair gardener who's working on that 'someday' yard they dream of. Equal parts small, walled back yards (some of the photos you can see all three walls of the traditional tiny, row house backyard) and larger areas are presented for each type of garden, this book also includes container and rooftop ideas, and plenty of ideas on packing a lot into whatever space you have.

allenkleinman Mar 14, 2015

The "urban" landscape explored by this author bears no resemblance to that of New York City: endless backyards, broad front gardens, vast rooftop terraces. I give it two stars because the pictures are lovely and there is a smattering of good advice, but if you, member of the New York Public Library, do not live within the outer portions of the outer boroughs with space to spare, don't waste your time with this book. It'll only break your heart, seeing what you can't possibly have.


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