You don’t have to have a backyard or even a small plot of land in order to produce many of the edibles you can enjoy in your favorite recipes, so long as you have Shelley Levis’ very user-friendly guidebook, “Countertop Gardens: Easily Grow Kitchen Edibles Indoors for Year-Round Enjoyment” (

“Countertop Gardens” covers a wide range of topics, everything from containers and fertilizers to growing methods and the best edibles to grow, including lettuce and flowers, so you can savor the freshest salads, seasonings and sauces no matter the time of year or the outdoor weather. Levis also includes her favorite recipes in every chapter so you have a starting point for using the fruits of your indoor gardening labors.

“Countertop Gardens” by Shelley Levis – Gotta Love it!