The Container Victory Garden: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Your Own Groceries by Maggie Stuckey

The Container Victory Garden: A Beginner's Guide to Growing Your Own Groceries by Maggie Stuckey

Title:  The Container Victory Garden: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Your Own Groceries
Author: Maggie Stuckey
Publisher:  Harper Celebrate 
Genre:  Crafts & Hobbies, Home & Garden
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  272
Date of US Publication:  21 February, 2023
My Rating:  5 Stars

My Thoughts 

When I saw the title for this, I was thrilled. A little back story - I have a fairly big obsession with war time Victory gardens (one with Victorian kitchen gardens too) and to find this title, a new title about current day Victory gardening, but with containers, and 😍When my grandfather came home from the South Pacific with the rest of the surviving Marines after the end of WWII, he gardened. He grew grapes for wine, and tomatoes, apples, and so many herbs. He gardened until he couldn’t. Thinking of the time I spent with him in his garden as he would work are some of the sweetest memories I have of my childhood. Growing things has always held immeasurable appeal for me. 

I was therefore also delighted to receive early access to this wonderful guide. The layout is very attractive and clean, with occasional interspersed illustrations of people gardening, appealing photos of plants, there are also many fine-line illustrations in black ink of plants and gardening container / setup ideas. 

This is a nice introduction to container gardening, as well as offering in depth profiles of the better plants for smaller space gardening, that yield a lot. I also loved the personal stories in here, the ingenious ideas along with memories.  There’s a lot in here. 

This one is a recommendation if you’re interested in gardening.

eARC kindly provided by Harper Celebrate / Harper Horizon and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.  


Even if all you have is a postage stamp's worth of space on a balcony, patio, or front stoop, The Container Victory Garden equips you to dig into the joys of container gardening, right where you are.

Imagine this: In the morning, you pluck a few mint leaves from your backdoor herb garden and add them to your tea. A few hours later, you step out onto your patio and collect a handful of lettuce leaves for your lunch salad. Just before dinner, you harvest a few basil leaves and cherry tomatoes for a delicious caprese pasta.

In her trademark warm and informative style, bestselling author and expert gardener Maggie Stuckey shares everything you need to know to succeed with container gardening: planning, gearing up, planting, nurturing, and harvesting.

In The Container Victory Garden, you will find:

  • detailed line art drawings that illustrate many gardening techniques and set-ups
  • first-person stories of World War II Victory Gardens and their inspiration for today's gardeners
  • beautiful full-color paintings of diverse people enjoying their container gardens

This is the promise of container gardening: a fresh bounty of vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers you can enjoy in every season.


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