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The Edible Balcony

Alex Mitchell

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Gardening: growing fruit & vegetables

Just because you don't have any soil doesn't mean you can't eat delicious fruit and vegetables every day of the year. This book mixes inspirational ideas with practical advice on how to achieve beautiful, flourishing outdoor areas however many floors up you maybe and however small your space.

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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Alex Mitchell

Alex Mitchell studied at the Chelsea Physic Garden. She has a weekly column in the Evening Standard and writes regularly for magazines and newspapers, including the Sunday Telegraph and Gardener's World magazine. She is the author of The Edible Balcony (2010), The Rurbanite (2013) and Gardening on a Shoestring (2015), published by Kyle Books.

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