Small Space Gardening


Creating and maintaining a garden can be a challenge when you don’t have a lot of room available around your home. These books – available from your local library – will help you make the most out of your square footage:

Big Dreams, Small Garden: A Guide to Creating Something Extraordinary in Your Ordinary Space by Marianne Willburn – Presents a comprehensive step-by-step plan for creating an ideal garden in less-than-ideal circumstances.


Garden Up!: Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces by Susan Morrison & Rebecca Sweet – Whether you’re looking for help with narrow planting beds, have a ho-hum side yard, or want creative ways to solve small-space garden problems, vertical gardening maximizes outdoor living spaces.

Small Space Garden Ideas by Philippa Pearson – Helps home gardeners develop creative ideas for such small spaces as the doorstep, the balcony, outdoor walls, windowsills, hanging baskets, rooftop containers, vertical gardens and more.

The Everything Small-Space Gardening Book by Catherine Abbott – A resource that includes garden blueprints covers both container and layered gardening; features fruits, vegetables and flowers; and offers advice on fighting pests, disease and climate problems.

Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet edited by Kate Johnsen – Describes how to grow your own organic produce in small spaces, detailing how to make a raised bed or a hanging basket to maximize every square foot of valuable space and how to manage seed collecting, successional gardening and companion planting methods.

Small-Plot, High-Yield Gardening by Sal Gilbertie – An updated edition of a classic guide to producing bumper crops in limited spaces provides information for today’s eco-conscious home gardeners and includes coverage of such topics as anti-pest companion plants, special needs and heirloom produce.

Gardening in Miniature: Create Your Own Tiny Living World by Janit Calvo – Presents a guide to creating miniature gardens, providing specific garden care and maintenance tips and outlining step-by-step instructions for a variety of designs, including a tiny patio, a trellis, a pond, and a secret garden.

Fairy Gardening: Creating Your Own Magical Miniature Garden by Julie Bawden-Davis & Beverly Turner – Fairy gardens are enjoying an astonishing surge in popularity and now you can begin making your own enchanting miniature landscapes, complete with pint-sized accessories, diminutive plants and quaint fairy figures.

About Abby Harris

Abby is the Public Communications Specialist for JMRL.

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