Book Preview: Sugar Snaps and Strawberries

Cover image of Sugar Snaps  & Strawberries by Andrea BellamySugar Snaps and Strawberries, the first book by author Andrea Bellamy, celebrates the growing edibles movement in gardening. But unlike some other grow-your-own-food books, Bellamy’s book is geared towards anyone who dreams of growing some of their own fruits and veggies – even if they don’t own or have access to a little plot of land.

Sugar Snaps and Strawberries is perfect for small space gardeners since it offers creative inspiration on how to turn any unused corner or even a group of containers into a productive garden.  But it’s also useful for gardeners like me, who have their fair share of land but don’t have a lot of prime edible-garden space. It gets you thinking creatively about how easy it is to incorporate a few pots of herbs here or even an espalier apple tree there. 

Bellamy’s easily accessible writing style guides gardeners through the basics of site selection, determining which fruits and veggies can be grown given your specific site conditions, the importance of healthy soils and, of course, the ins & outs of planting, caring for and eventually harvesting your edible goodies.

In addition to plant profiles that offer information on sowing, harvesting, tips for container growing and dealing with pests, there are helpful sections on companion planting, keeping plants healthy and, as expected, making the most of the space you have.

The photos by Jackie Connelly are gorgeous.  They offer simple inspiration and a close-up view of  the beauty of the joy of gardening.  They are the perfect complement to Bellamy’s easy, conversational style.

If you’re interested in growing your own edibles, you might want to head over to the Timber Press website to check out a special contest they have going on now.  You could win a free edible garden starter kit and your very own copy of Sugar Snaps and Strawberries!

Note:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Timber Press, for the express purpose of reviewing it.