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The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Informational and Beautiful!

    This book walks the reader from the beginning (removing your lawn) to finish (your edible front yard). It also highlights each of its recommended plants and how to use them practically. Inspiring and gorgeous photography...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

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    Having a front yard is a love-hate relationship. You love it wh

    Having a front yard is a love-hate relationship. You love it when your front yard looks great, but hate keeping it up. Wouldn’t it also be awesome if you could put some of that great real estate to good use?

    In The Edible Front Yard, designer Ivette Soler presents the reader with some stunning ideas how to utilize a front yard as a colorful, dramatic statement from which one can grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Be bold! Cast the brilliant red stems of chard against the bushy leaves of Italian parsley. See how sea lavender or ruby-red loose leaf lettuce can edge a path to perfection, while an espaliered apple tree climbs ever skyward behind a thriving bed of tomatoes. Even if you don’t have a lot of space, you’ll find some useful ideas in this stunning book filled with pictures and a host of creative information.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    A handbook for front yard gardening

    The Edible Front Yard... a book review



    For all the homeowners who desire a beautiful, producing garden,
    here is your "handbook!"


    Ivette Soler walks you through front-yard gardening from the planning stage to the visually appealing, productive front yard.


    Here is a picture of my 4 x 8 square-foot "front yard" garden.








    I have a lot of room to make a complete Edible Front Yard!


    In The Edible Front Yard, Ivette Soler shows you how to "rip" out your current front yard, and replant it using vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, and ornamental beauties to make your it the envy of the neighborhood. Are you ready to be the first in your area to be a non-conformist from the well-manicured grass-filled front yard?


    From the first page to the last, Ivette describes how to plan, build, plant, maintain, and harvest your front garden. She describes different plants, including a 'How to Grow' and 'How to Use' section for each. This is followed by learning the different ways plants grow and how to set-up your areas which will be most pleasing for the best curb appeal possible. She uses the same techniques that landscape architects employ, but with vegetables.


    By following the detailed plans from the book, my plain front yard could look like this...




    or this...




    or possibly this...





    The author, Ivette Soler, resides in Los Angeles, CA. She utilizes her background of plant design work for Elysian Landscapes, and her own personal garden, and has put together a very-detailed how-to book for front yard gardening. As you read through this book and incorporate different ideas at your home, keep in mind that her background is in California. Always check the hardiness zones on the plants you wish to use!


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    I had difficulty visualizing my front yard as I read through her book. There were so many details that I got lost from chapter to chapter. This is definitely a book that you continually reference. Also, I read this on a black-and-white Nook. This must be read on a color reader or in actual book form. The pictures are amazing and need to be experienced in full-color.


    My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars


    I received a complimentary copy of The Edible Front Yard from Timber Press Publisher for my honest review.

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