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Container Gardening

Container gardening is a particularly accessible form of gardening. It can be carried out in flower pots on the windowsill of a small apartment or with large vessels in the backyard of a house. While containers have a limited size, the range of plants is broad—flowers, herbs, vegetables, and shrubs can all be grown in containers.

The NLS collection has titles covering all aspects of gardening. This minibibliography lists those dealing with container gardening. Both braille and audio titles can be downloaded from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD) website ( or requested from your local library. Contact your local library to register for BARD. Registered users may also download audio titles on iOS and Android devices using the BARD Mobile app. Braille titles may be downloaded on an iOS device linked by Bluetooth to a refreshable braille display.

All New Square Foot Gardening
by Mel Bartholomew

Author advises using six-inch-deep boxes containing soil that requires no digging or fertilizing and vertical frames for climbing plants. Recommends creating wider aisles and elevating boxes for easier access. Gives plant-by-plant suggestions for extending the growing season. 2005.
Download DB 69864
Download BR 18588, volume 1
Download BR 18588, volume 2
Download BR 18588, volume 3

The Complete Guide to Houseplants: The Easy Way to Choose and Grow Healthy, Happy Houseplants
by Valerie Bradley

Professional horticulturist offers advice on choosing houseplants that are best suited to the light in a specific room. Also discusses growth expectations, air quality, and fragrance. Includes information on watering, propagation, pests, diseases, pruning, potting, arranging, and routine care. 2006.
Download BR 17207, volume 1
Download BR 17207, volume 2
Download BR 17207, volume 3

The Ultimate Container Gardener: All You Need to Know to Create Plantings for Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter
by Stephanie Donaldson

Describes how to display flowers, herbs, and other plants in baskets, window boxes, or hanging containers for both inside and outside the home. Advice with instructions for year-round cultivation and selection of items for color, fragrance, and location. 2001.
Download DB 54750
Download BR 14261, volume 1
Download BR 14261, volume 2

The New Low-Maintenance Garden
by Valerie Easton

Garden columnist describes various simplified gardens that are comfortable in size and scale, have minimal lawn, and require little dividing, pruning, spraying, staking, or topiary. Gives tips for working with nature, banishing weeds, editing plant selections, and incorporating containers, raised beds, and edible gardening. 2009.
Download 72645

Quick and Easy Indoor Topiary
by Chris Jones

A guide to growing and shaping plants into beautiful indoor sculptures. Covers the mechanics of “nonplant backbone,” plant basics, and techniques for making the suggested designs or developing one’s own creations. 1998.
Download DB 47861

The Houseplant Encyclopedia
by Maggie Stuckey

Explains how to grow more than eighty kinds of indoor plants, and includes techniques for watering, repotting, and cultivating. Offers tips for purchasing the right flora for each location in the house and suggests ideas for terrariums and dish gardens. 1993.

Vegetable Gardening
by the editors of Sunset Books and Sunset Magazine

Step-by-step guide for growing vegetables in a window box or a large garden provides instruction for buying seeds, preparing the soil, making compost, and double digging. Includes a quick and easy planting chart. 1975.
Download DB 14655

The Harlow Car Book of Herb Gardening
by Philip Swindells

The author is curator of Britain’s famous Harlow Car Gardens. The book briefly discusses the history of herbs and herbals and covers their culinary and medicinal uses. There are in-depth instructions for cultivation from complete gardens to windowsill pots. 1987.
Download DB 31461

Jim Wilson’s Container Gardening
by James W. Wilson

Former PBS Victory Garden host advises people who want to explore gardening in pots, troughs, and other vessels. Provides information on containers, soil mixtures, and plants, herbs, and vegetables appropriate for various locations and situations. Includes condensed encyclopedia of plants adapted to container gardening. 2000.
Download DB 59191
Download BR 15635, volume 1
Download BR 15635, volume 2

The City Gardener’s Handbook: From Balcony to Backyard
by Linda Yang

Here is a practical guide for gardening in containers and small spaces. The author’s column has appeared in the Thursday Home Section of the New York Times since 1979. Her suggestions are based on personal experience and advice from the hundreds of gardeners she has interviewed from all over the country. 1990.
Download DB 32077