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Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden

By Andrea Bellamy

Photographs by Jackie Connelly

Beautiful, down-to-earth, completely enticing.


Imagine savoring fresh-picked strawberries on a weekend morning, plucking plump figs from your mini-orchard to quarter and serve at a farm-to-table meal with friends, or harvesting and sautéing the edible stalks of garlic bulbs. If the size of your space is bringing you back to reality, here's the best part: you don't need a big backyard to grow your own food. In fact, you don't need a yard at all.

Andrea Bellamy, founder of the acclaimed blog Heavy Petal, gives you the dirt on growing gorgeous organic food with very little square footage. Simple, straightforward, design and growing advice can help you transform just a snippet of space into a stylish and edible oasis. Bellamy goes beyond the surface and shows you how to create and maintain healthy soil, decide what and when to plant, sow seeds and harvest, and most importantly, enjoy the process. So go ahead, picture that tiny nook, porch, or postage-stamp-sized yard overflowing with fingerling potatoes, fragrant herbs, and French breakfast radishes.

Armed with luscious photography, encouraging tips, and sophisticated designs, you're sure to be inspired to join the grow-your-own revolution.

Media reviews

"Beautiful, down-to-earth, completely enticing."


"Inspiration ... for veggie patches on balconies, patios, and the tiniest of city plots ... complete this yummy and useful presentation."


"A fine piece of informational, inspiring and winning work."


"A nice book for a new gardener or an old one — to sift thorough as we wait for the gardening season."

Skippy's Vegetable Garden

"Particularly useful to those urban/suburban homes with very limited space."

Sustainable Horticulture

"Full of wisdom and practical advice. ... Stands apart for its tone, which is both gentle and practical, and its many fascinating sidebars and offshoots. Easy to flip through and find something fun to read in a hurry."

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"An invaluable resource for aspiring greenthumbed terrace farmers."

The Source Weekly

"A great book for beginners and for those of us who need winter eye candy."

Red Dirt Ramblings

"Chock-full of ... wisdom, pluck, and good ideas."

—Alyssa Ford, Midwest Home

"A marvelous book that's entertaining, extremely useful, and lovely. I recommend it highly."

Garden Rant

"Full of smart ideas for how to deal with a seemingly impossible growing situation."


"Whether you've got a porch or just a windowsill, Heavy Petal blogger Andrea Bellamy has you covered — her Sugar Snaps and Strawberries is an accessible, comprehensive guide to small-space gardening."

Portland Mercury

"Bright, cheerful, and motivating ... you will wonder why anyone would ever hesitate to grow a few edibles even if they have only a fire escape or deck."

Commonweeder blog

"I'd recommend it to any new gardener of edibles, particularly one who has limited or no access to a plot of earth she can call her own."


"Useful suggestions on the best varieties and planting schedules for nearly year-around growing."

Sustainable Horticulture

"An inspiring book for those with a can-do spirit but not much gardening space."

Life on the Balcony blog

"If you're looking for a stylish yet substantial introduction to growing edibles in small spaces, you're in luck: the perfect book has arrived. ... A thoroughly grown-up and sophisticated book."

—Kate Bryant, Portland Monthly

About the author

Andrea Bellamy

Andrea Bellamy is a garden writer, creator of the blog Heavy Petal, and columnist for Edible Vancouver magazine. She lives in Vancouver, Canada, where she grows a wide range of organic edibles wherever she can find space.

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