Permaculture in Pots: How to Grow Food in Small Urban Spaces is a very simple book that gives tid-bits of information in an easy to understand and figure out format.
Whenever I get a new book to read I flip through it and try to get a feel for it. At first I was feeling like "Blah, whatevs, I don't want to read this." Maybe I was judging it on its size (it's about 8"x6"?), so I put it down to come back to it later.
After looking at a few other books, I flipped through again. I saw that there's a monthly review about Kemp's personal balcony and I thought that was kind of cool. I was not super stoked to read it but was intrigued.
The other night, I laid down and decided to actually try and read this book. My initial impression of the book was pretty spot on, I didn't want to read it. However, the first big of the book was pretty interesting, however, once I got to the monthly break down section (the bulk of the book), I lose interest and didn't want to continue with it. I tried to keep myself engaged by flipping to the June section (the instructions stated that you should flip to whatever month you're in currently - but honestly? Needing instructions on how to operate a book is kinda silly!).
The first 29 pages have a wealth of information that was able to keep me interested. I hit the monthly section after that and it started with November! For some reason that really bothered me a lot and I guess it would be a personal (and OCD?) preference for it to start at the beginning of the growing season or at the beginning of the year. I believe that because of the abrupt change in format of how information was shared threw me off and I became uninterested.
I do not think that this is a good book to pick up and expect to read the whole thing. If one really did want to read this book then they should purchase a copy for themselves (I borrowed from the library). I say this because of the monthly format, which as I said, is the bulk of the book. I personally would prefer to have it available all the time for reference, vs reading it once.
I didn't really look too deep into the monthly section but it does seem to have tid-bits of good information. However, from what I can tell, it wouldn't be too detailed and one would have to do some outside research on whatever topic they were interested in. To get a better idea of the monthly section I randomly flipped to October. She writes and lists "Plants still alive and growing", "seeds and cuttings", and also "Things to do in October". These all seem as though they're little excerpts from her personal garden journal. Within the October section she goes into some detail about the end of the gardening season, tiding out your seed collection, succession sowing through October, getting out the cold frame, and lastly, useful weeds (listing a few).
Kemp also has a section where in each month she has a "Herb of the Month" area. For the month of October, it's ginger. It talks about growing it, culinary uses, and medicinal uses of ginger.
Flipping through some more showed some DIY How-Tos of building some things for yourself like a "Plastic bottle self watering container" and a "Florist's tub self-watering container.
As a nit-picker, I did notice a mistype somewhere of them typing "therer", where it should have been just "there". Not a big deal, but, I still remember it, even after writing this whole review.
Overall, I don't think I would personally purchase this book. However, if given to me, I would read it for each month needed, for a little bit of what-to-expect information. I wouldn't say that this book couldn't be helpful to another person or a beginning gardener, who was also interested in having a permaculture influence in your rental area where you don't want to or can't make any permanent changes. Pots are perfect for such a situation and I think this could give you a little insight to get started and figure out what you need to research further!
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I'm Adrienne! Stay tuned for my adventures in beginning homesteading.
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