How To Grow Your Dinner: Without Leaving the House

Laurence King. Aug. 2020. 128p. ISBN 9781786277374. pap. $16.99. GARDENING
Ratinon’s first book introduces urban dwellers to growing edibles with limited space. As a professional food grower and garden writer, the author promotes mindfulness of the ecosystem and advocates for the personal rewards of organically growing one’s own food. The rudiments of getting started are laid out in short, easy-to-grasp chapters that supply brief introductions, useful tips, and fun facts (i.e., purchasing starting seedlings, using proper tools, designing space, choosing containers, controlling pests, composting, feeding, and troubleshooting diseases and nutrient problems). Each of the 14 featured plant profiles summarizes when to sow seeds and how to provide growing conditions that ensure a successful crop. Photographs illustrate how these plants should look in their various growth stages, from seedling to harvest.
VERDICT Ratinon generates enthusiasm about raising vegetables, edible flowers, mushrooms, and microgreens, either indoors or on balconies and windowsill in this useful resource for gardeners wishing to explore growing food within a restricted space.
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