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Apartment Gardening: Plants, Projects, and Recipes for Growing Food in Your Urban Homeby Amy Pennington and Kate Bingham-Burt
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Forget the 100-mile eat-local diet; try the 300-square-foot-diet — grow squash on the windowsill, flowers in the planter box, or corn in a parking strip. Apartment Gardening details how to start a garden in the heart of the city. From building a window box to planting seeds in jars on the counter, every space is plantable, and this book reveals that the DIY future is now by providing hands-on, accessible advice. Amy Pennington's friendly voice paired with Kate Bingham-Burt's crafty illustrations make greener living an accessible reality, even if readers have only a few hundred square feet and two windowsills. Save money by planting the same things available at the grocery store, and create an eccentric garden right in the heart of any living space.
"Amy Pennington has written an incredibly handy manual full of information on how to grow plants in small spaces. The book is full of wonderful tips, recipes and information on all the best things to grow in your home." Gwyneth Paltrow, GOOP
"Amy Pennington, author of Apartment Gardening, is our windowsill guru. This spring, we're sowing what she's sowing. (Named one of Bon Appetit's 2012 Tastemakers: "the visionaries who are making our lives so delicious.") Bon Appetit
"In clear, straightforward prose backed by scientific explanations and the Seattle gardener's hard-won expertise, Pennington's new book, Apartment Gardening, will turn your home into a mini greenhouse." DailyCandy Seattle
"In the book Apartment Gardening: Plants, Projects and Recipes for Growing Food in Your Urban Home, Amy Pennington offers useful information for those who live in apartments, have a small parcel of land, or a deck large enough to accommodate big pots and window-box planters. The Washington Post
"In both her latest book, Apartment Gardening, and City Dirt, the biweekly column she recently started writing for the website Food52, Ms. Pennington shares her know-how with metropolitan types everywhere. She applies the same principles of wasting nothing and maximizing space to home cooking. Visit her streamlined one-bedroom apartment, and you'll see her template for sustainable living and perfectly stocked cupboards." The Wall Street Journal
"The ever-resourceful Pennington chronicles her food-centric take on city living in Apartment Gardening: Plants, Projects, and Recipes for Growing Food in Your Urban Home...As adept as Pennington is at figuring out how to grow the most food in the smallest space in the shortest amount of time, she's equally skilled at suggesting what to do with it. She details not only how to plant directly into a sack of soil and build your own deck-sized worm bin but also how to blend thyme lip balm and whip up a killer chocolate lavender tart. The book's tone is chatty and encouraging." The Seattle Times
"Amy's straightforward conversational style makes both books [Apartment Gardening and her first book, Urban Pantry] seem as if you're getting great advice from a smart, savvy friend." Al Dente
"This book arrived on my desk a few months ago, and it's been a real joy to read and reference. It's full of great tips, recipes, and DIY guides, like how to build your own planter box, grow lettuce in recycled containers, keep bees on your patio, and infuse spirits with herbs grown right in your kitchen. Cute illustrations, too! Apartment Therapy Re-Nest, Daily Find
Grow squash on your patio, flowers in your window box, and pick blackberries from your parking strip. Apartment Gardening details how to start a garden in the heart of the city. From building your own planter box to sprouting seeds in jars on the counter, every small space is plantable. Beginning and experienced gardeners will discover how to save money on produce and impress friends with their newly-tenacious green thumbs. This book reveals that the DIY future is now by providing hands-on accessible advice to start using space sustainably, efficiently, and inexpensively.
Apartment Gardening includes instructions on how to build your own planter box, grow lettuce in recycled containers, keep bees on your patio, and infuse spirits with herbs grown right in your kitchen. Eating locally starts at home — every surface holds an opportunity for something planted, pickled, or preserved. Amy Pennington's friendly voice paired with Kate Bingaman-Burt's crafty illustrations make greener living an accessible reality, even if readers have only a few hundred square feet and two windowsills. Save money by planting the same things available at the grocery store, and create an eccentric garden right in the heart of any living space.
About the Author
Amy Pennington is a gardener, writer, and girl-about-town. She runs her own gardening business called Go Go Green Garden, through which she is hired to come over to people's yards and help start, revive, and perfect their vegetable gardens. Amy also started Urban Gardenshare, a service that matches eager and willing gardeners with untended yards. In addition to her gardening career, Amy is a food industry veteran and longtime friend/right-hand of celebrity chef Tom Douglas. Amy also writes regularly for Edible Seattle, and her first book, Urban Pantry, was published in April 2010.
Kate Bingaman-Burt is an nationally-renowned illustrator. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Readymade Magazine, and The Believer, and as a weekly edition in the popular 20x200 online art gallery. Kate's first book, Obsessive Consumption, was published in April 2010 and praised by Fast Company as "humorous musings on consumerism." An associate professor of graphic design at Portland State University, Kate also conducts zine workshops and spreads the craftivism word.
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