Synopses & Reviews
Are you tired of throwing away time, energy, and money on a perfectly manicured, water-guzzling, weed-producing lawn? Are you longing to feed your family in more healthful and eco-friendly ways but shocked by organic produce prices at the grocery store? Do you fantasize about growing your own food but hesitate to take on more than you can manage?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time for you to get down and dirty—and take the plunge that will please your taste buds and your pocket-book! In Small-Plot, High-Yield Gardening, Sal Gilbertie and Larry Sheehan will help you turn your sprawling suburban acreage or postage stamp–sized plot into a low-impact, all-organic, totally sustainable produce garden.
You’ll learn about the most effective natural fertilizers, drought-resistant cultivation methods, pest-repellent companion plantings, trends in heirloom herb and vegetable varieties, and raised-bed techniques for achieving maximum productivity in a limited space. You can even add a cutting garden so you’ll always have fresh flowers on a kitchen table that’s groaning under the weight of incomparably fresh vegetables seasoned with a variety of home-grown herbs.
Whether you’re filling a 10’ x 10’ sandbox or digging up your 3,000-square-foot tennis court, any yard has the potential to produce a multi-crop bonanza. And anyone with a little soil and a lot of heart can do it!
A classic guide to growing bumper crops of vegetables in limited spaces from a successful family-run gardening business, this work has been updated for today's eco-conscious home gardeners. Illustrated with 12 garden schematics.
About the Author
Sal Gilbertie is the third-generation proprietor of Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens in Westport, Connecticut. Established in 1922 by Sal’s grandfather, Gilbertie’s is the largest herb grower in the United States today, shipping hundreds of varieties to more than 800 garden centers, plant nurseries, and farms.
Coauthor Larry Sheehan has a long list of writing credits that includes newspapers, magazines, television documentaries, and dozens of books including the best-selling Living with Dogs and The Sporting Life.
Table of Contents
I. Gardening at a Glance
You Don’t Have to Be Italian to Grow Good Peppers 
Why Bother? 
Productivity Is Growing $7,486 Worth of Fresh, Organic Produce 
Rabbits and Raised Beds 
More on Garden Architecture 
Grow into Gardening 
Breaking Even in the First Year 
How to Read Seed Catalogs 
Other Sources of Gardening Savvy 
Ask Uncle Sam 
II. How Vegetables Grow
Big Is Not Bountiful 
Chaos in the Vegetable Kingdom? 
Practical Vegetable Groupings 
“Build Soil” 
The ABCs of N, P, and K 
Feeding Your Garden for 12¢ a Day 
Triggering the Nutrients in Soil 
Production-Plus Planting Procedures 
Much Ado about Mulch 
Bugs & Co. 
Herbs for the Kitchen, Flowers for the Table 
III. Maximum-Production Techniques
Plant Your Personality 
Shopping for Seeds and Seedlings 
Gardening in Small Spaces 
Maximum-Production Techniques for Over Fifty Popular Vegetables 
IV. For Next Year . . .
Make Compost as You Make Good Lasagna 
Garden Plants That Keep On Giving 
Uses of a Cold Frame 
Starting from Seed 
“Did I Plant That?” 
Garden Plans 
32-Square-Foot Elevated Herb Garden  3,000-Square-Foot Garden 
1,500-Square-Foot Garden  750-Square-Foot Garden 
280-Square-Foot Cutting Garden  400-Square-Foot Salad Garden 
400-Square-Foot Soup Garden  400-Square-Foot Winter Garden 
100-Square-Foot Sandbox Garden  400-Square-Foot Raised-Bed Garden—Horizontal View  400-Square-Foot Raised-Bed Garden—Overhead View  Cold Frame 
Supply Garden