The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden {Book Review}

It’s no surprise that The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden by Karen Newcomb is a best selling guide. It’s chock full of information in an easy to understand format that’s suitable for the beginner as well as for the more advanced gardener. The completely revised version will have one well on their way in utilizing even the smallest of spaces to grow their own organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers! This year I’ve been following the methods suggested in this book for my own raised bed gardens and patio pots. I can already see a favorable difference compared to the garden I attempted last year .

This book is broken down into eight chapters. These chapters cover planning, proper soil mix, getting the ground or your planting area ready, when and how to plant, watering instructions, suggestions for heirloom vegetables and herbs to grow, companion planting, and how to control and rid your garden of pests, diseases, and critters. There are two appendixes in this guide, one teaches you how to compost and the other features seed sources, a glossary, about the author, and an index.

The gardening plot suggestions in this book are sized at 4′ x 4′, 5′ x 5′, 6′ x 6′, 5′ x 10′, 10′ x 4′,10’x 7′, 9′ x 9′, and 8′ x 10′. These illustrated and labeled set ups can be followed as is or you can alter each to fit the needs most suitable for your space. The variety of suggestions cover gardens planted in the Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter season. Garden spaces can be in the ground, a boxed raised bed, or on a patio in a container!


I’ve been taking all sorts of notes and following quite a bit of the information I’ve studied. The number of plants per person chart I found to be extremely helpful in planning my garden. Other suggestions I am utilizing quite a bit is the companion planting and the topic covering controlling the nuisances that often can plague and sentence a garden to fail instead of thrive. The step-by-step make this guide anything but overwhelming. I would suggest before planning your garden to take some time to read this book through. After or during reading, highlight and have a separate notebook to jot important information down.

I believe anyone that wants a garden to thrive and is willing to a do a bit of studying before taking action will produce a garden of bountiful goodness! This guide is top-notch and I highly recommend adding it to your resources!

Interested in Purchasing? [easyazon_link identifier=”1607746832″ locale=”US” tag=”connecte-20″]The Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden: Grow Tons of Organic Vegetables in Tiny Spaces and Containers[/easyazon_link] can be purchased on for $14.47 as of this posting. 

“I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.”