In The Urban Garden you’ll find dozens of inspiring and creative ways to grow flowers, shrubs, vegetables, herbs, and other plants in small spaces and with a limited budget.
Whether you want to grow on a balcony, rooftop, front stoop, or a tiny urban patio, turn your growing dreams into reality and build a gorgeous and unique garden that showcases your personal style while still being functional and productive. With the ingenious ideas and resourceful tactics found here, you’ll be maximizing yields and beauty from every square inch of your space, while also making a lush outdoor living area you’ll crave spending time in.
Take inspiration from urban gardeners around the world and learn to:
Install planting pockets on fences and walls
Grow a rooftop garden in lightweight grow bags
Tips for designing small spaces that feel BIG
Build a salad table for growing lettuce and greens
Utilize garden structures and plants for decorative screening
Support pollinators by creating a small-scale habitat
Design a pet-friendly urban yard
Employ climbing plants and vines to add privacy and reduce noise
Plant in layers to maximize yields and add beauty
Whether you’re growing edible plants or beautiful flowers, the 101 amazing growing ideas found in The Urban Garden will turn your tiny urban yard into a treasure trove of green you’ll be proud to share with family and friends.
About the Author
Kathy Jentz is editor and publisher of Washington Gardener magazine. She is currently the Green Media columnist for the Mid-Atlantic Grower newspaper. She also edits the quarterly Water Garden Journal, the official publication of the International Waterlily & Water Gardening Society. Kathy’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including the Washington Examiner newspaper, Pathways magazine, and Washington Women magazine. In addition, she appears on regular gardening guest spots on Channel 9, Channel 4, as well as WTOP, WAMU, and WOWD-LP radio stations in Washington, DC.
Teri Speight is a proud native Washingtonian. She is the former Head Gardener for the City of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and one of the Founding Farmers of the Eitt CSA, Stafford County’s first Transitional Organic CSA Farm. Teri is currently an estate gardener, speaker, writer, and podcaster. Her website, Cottage In The Court, offers curated garden experiences for small groups and one-on-one garden coaching, specializing in earth-friendly practices.
"Anyone with a yen to garden but little room for digging will find this worth returning to."—Publishers Weekly
"With photos and descriptions of countless mini-landscapes—along with tips and tricks to try yourself—The Urban Garden inspires and energizes, too."—Susan Brackney, HobbyFarms.com
"Consider this a gardening cookbook—with enticing recipes you’ll immediately want to go out and try."—Mary Kate Mackey, Shepherd.com