Nicknamed the "Garden Boss," William Moss is one of America's most respected and sought-after authorities on greening, gardening, and urban agriculture. Season after season he energizes small space gardeners to "Get Out and Grow!" with gardening programs on Discovery Channel, TLC, and HGTV as well as various news programs, internet programs, radio broadcasts, and print publications. The Moss-inspired garden may exist on rooftops, in containers, wedged into community gardens, or in perfectly executed raised beds. Lack of space is no deterrent for Moss – who once gardened in a small piece of ground alongside a railroad track. "Dead End" sign and all, Moss transformed his first foray into a beautiful flower garden that commuters enjoyed on their walk to and from the train each day.
Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening: The No Yard, No Time, No Problem Way to Grow Your Own Food (Cool Springs Press, August 2012) is Moss's answer for the time-crunched small yard or no yard gardener who hopes to dine-on-site with fresh-tasting, snappy produce and herbs. Apartments, condos, townhomes, dorm rooms, and trailers offer up boundaries that Moss can overcome with well-placed and well-tended containers brimming with the likes of tomatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes, lettuce, broccoli, radishes, and kale.
"If prehistoric people could scratch out subsistence gardens using stone tools in some rocky dust, then you can grow a tomato successfully," says Moss. "And you can do it anywhere, from city to suburb and from farmland to container."
Small Space Gardening is Unique
Moss gives a nod to the classic growing guides, but insists that small space gardening is a category unto itself. With tips, suggestions, and techniques that benefit the small space gardener, Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening is dedicated to those who never believed growing a veggie garden possible. From spacing techniques and raised bed dimensions, to container watering or hanging basket possibilities, Moss tackles the tricks of the trade a small space gardener needs to know. Torrid rooftop summers, frigid rooftop winters, breezes, gusts, blazing heat … Moss overcomes all with large, lightweight containers with a must-abide-by recipe for perfect soil. If space allows for raised beds, Moss's sustainable gardening practices and textbook garden soil can produce a patch that "grows like gangbusters."
Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening walks gardeners through the literal step-by-step, from where to grow, what to grow, and how to maintain. Moss's Top 10 Edibles for Containers are charted by Sunlight and Growing Season and followed by easy-to-follow planting instructions. Followed by a lesson in Good Sustainable Gardening Practices (the "old-heads just call them common sense," says Moss), the small space gardener practices efficient and economical gardening.
Moss has brought his infectious passion for sustainable gardening all across America, from rural yards, school grounds, and church lots to botanic gardens, town squares, and municipal parks. But it is the small space garden, the down-and-out and seemingly hopeless space, which Moss truly loves. His personal garden, surrounded by concrete, asphalt, and the congestion of one of the world's biggest metropolitan cities, is an oasis of lush green containers and raised beds. "I dig in the dirt every day," says Moss. Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening is his blueprint to see potential in any available sunny space.