Recommended Book — Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard

by A.J. Coltrane

Food-Grown-Right-CoverMy ideal gardening book would have a title similar to:  Four-Season Urban Container Gardening In The Pacific Northwest, Seattle Edition.

That book doesn’t seem to exist, and for good reason. It’d sell about four copies. Digging around the internet gives a hodge-podge of information, but nothing concise and organized.

I was looking through the book options at the local nursery and came across Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard. It’s written by the co-founders of the Seattle Urban Farm Company, published in 2012. The book has an emphasis on small-scale organic urban gardening. It includes sections on designing the garden space, general gardening knowledge, detailed profiles of popular vegetables and herbs, and (my favorite) tables indicating the appropriate schedule for starting seeds indoors, transplanting, or direct seeding outside. (I loves me some tables and charts, y’know.)  It doesn’t talk much about winter gardening, but other than that it’s an excellent all-around resource.

Amazon link here. To date it has received 5 stars out of 5 stars for all 35 Amazon customer reviews.

In a related note, I think I’ll be checking this out in 2014 — Bastille Cafe & Bar has a 4,500 square foot rooftop garden installed and maintained by one of the authors. Bastille offers tours on Mondays, April through September. The cost is $10, which includes a cocktail.

Now if I just need to figure out the best way to succession-plant an EarthBox.. I’ve got some ideas, but searching “succession planting” on the EB forums doesn’t turn up much. Time for a new thread..

5 thoughts on “Recommended Book — Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard

  1. I may steal it from you, just to scan the tables…

    I’ve been concocting my own tableset with an eye to seeding outdoors (because I have nowhere to put them indoors), so we may have to compare notes. Granted, my tables are geared towards the seeds I purchased (I still have mache seeds for you).

    I’m thinking that the mache seeds may be a perfect candidate for your grow-house. Cool-loving, quick-growing. You could have fresh greens by Valentine’s.


  2. I want to say I have a book from Seattle Tilth that may have some of the information you are looking for. I have to see if I can find it.


  3. I’m up for reading anything I can lay my hands on at this point.

    As of right now I don’t think I want to get into starting seedlings indoors: Lack of space, potential mess, CAT DESTRUCTION… and I’m really trying to avoid dumping any electricity (read: money) into the plants.

    My plan today is to make at least one EarthBox sized hoop house and put it in the front yard. The front yard gets most of the sun this time of year. I’ve purchased the materials over the last few days. I think it’ll come out under $10 per hoop house, even though I’m going to need to put together frames.


  4. I wonder if it would make more sense to start them in the house, maybe the garage. I would be willing to bet the cost of heat/light would be less than $10 total vs $10 per hoop house.


  5. That’s a good idea and the cats couldn’t get to them in the garage.

    The eventual plan was/is to use the hoop houses as cover for anything delicate and/or new from strong winds or rain.(The ends could be sealed up if desired — I’m going to leave little bit of spare plastic at each end.)

    Plus, the hoop houses are a one-time expense, and I already bought the components, so I’m going to give it a try.

    But yeah, good thought.


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