Designing And Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally

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First published in 1986, this classic is back in print by popular demand. It is the authoritative text on edible landscaping, featuring a step-by-step guide to designing a productive environment using vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs for a combination of ornamental and culinary purposes.

It includes descriptions of plants for all temperate habitats, methods for improving soil, tree pruning styles, and gourmet recipes using low-maintenance plants. There are sections on ...

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Overview

First published in 1986, this classic is back in print by popular demand. It is the authoritative text on edible landscaping, featuring a step-by-step guide to designing a productive environment using vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs for a combination of ornamental and culinary purposes.

It includes descriptions of plants for all temperate habitats, methods for improving soil, tree pruning styles, and gourmet recipes using low-maintenance plants. There are sections on attracting beneficial insects with companion plants and using planting to shelter your home from erosion, heat, wind, and cold.

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Publishers Weekly-
Kourik's color photos and Massion's art effectively illustrate a text that fulfills the title's promise. The author's advice is sound and practical although the reader may bridle at his tone at times. (Attempting a chatty informality, for example, he orders one to "find a comfortable chair and leaf through the book.") Otherwise, this is a valuable guide to the holistic approach to gardening, which relies on natural fertilizers and avoids chemicals. The author begins with suggestions for designing plots according to environment, space available, personal preferences. (The pictures prove that areas featuring vegetables, herbs, fruit- and nut-bearing trees and other edibles can be beautiful.) Kourik, who frequently appears on TV and lectures nationally, includes recipes that use the wide variety of foods featured here.

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kourik's color photos and Massion's art effectively illustrate a text that fulfills the title's promise. The author's advice is sound and practical although the reader may bridle at his tone at times. (Attempting a chatty informality, for example, he orders one to ``find a comfortable chair and leaf through the book.'') Otherwise, this is a valuable guide to the holistic approach to gardening, which relies on natural fertilizers and avoids chemicals. The author begins with suggestions for designing plots according to environment, space available, personal preferences. (The pictures prove that areas featuring vegetables, herbs, fruit- and nut-bearing trees and other edibles can be beautiful.) Kourik, who frequently appears on TV and lectures nationally, includes recipes that use the wide variety of foods featured here. (July)
Library Journal
Kourik espouses organic gardening methods to create beautiful edible landscapes that are compatible with other plantings as well as with the climate, terrain, and the owner's budget. Expanding upon Rosalind Creasy's The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping ( LJ 5/1/82) he makes this gardening fashion seem not only reasonable but easy. From design basics to how to grow specific vegetables, fruits, herbs, he describes his methods and theories and adds lists of books for further reference. Appendixes are voluminous and cover some unusual aids (e.g., estimating amounts of materials needed for landscaping projects). A useful addition. Louise B. Hodges, Amherst County P.L., Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856230261
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publications
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

During the 1975 California drought, Robert Kourik created a primitive drip system, and since then he has continued to innovate using the latest technologies. He has written 10 instructional books advocating sustainable gardening, edible landscaping, and a healthy lifestyle, including Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates, now in its second edition (2009), and Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally (2005), later published in a paperback edition as Roots Demystified (2007). He lives in Occidental, California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Pt. 1 The basics of edible landscaping
Why edible landscaping? 1
The new approach to edible landscapes : synergy 5
In praise of the suburbs 9
The "organic" concept 15
Of pests and poisons 19
The climate in your yard 23
Your soil 29
Existing vegetation : what it means, what it offers 35
Pt. 2 Designing your edible landscape
Blending aesthetics and function 41
Defining and planning your goals 49
Zones of use, multiple use 57
Making use of local wisdom 63
Shaping the wind : shelter for the home and garden 67
Shaping sunlight 73
Shaping water 77
Synergy 83
Creating your design 87
The golden rules of edible landscaping 91
Pt. 3 Growing vegetables
Sheet composting for "wild" and "tame" plants 95
Sink or swim : self-seeding vegetables 101
Hay bale vegetables : soil building from the top down 105
Surface cultivation : good yields without digging 107
Sod culture : vegetables in the lawn 113
Double-digging : a balanced review 115
Soil inoculants 125
Seedlings the Speedling way 127
Drip irrigation 129
Intercropping 133
Pt. 4 Growing the crops
Special trees for special climates 139
Fruit for all seasons 147
Ensuring good pollination 151
Disease-resistant trees 155
Deep-rooted myths 161
The best rootstocks for your soil 165
Standard, semi-dwarf, and dwarf trees 179
Genetic dwarf (miniature) fruit and nut trees 183
Spacing fruit and nut trees 191
To amend or not to amend 193
Preparing the hole, planting the tree 197
The basics of tree growth and pruning 203
The no-pruning style 211
Open center pruning 213
Central leader pruning 217
Special effects : espalier, oblique cordon, and miniature trees 221
Drip irrigation, mulching, and frost protection 225
Fertilizing tree crops 229
Pt. 5 Biological balance with insects
Companion planting : sometimes fact, sometimes fiction 235
Companion plants that repel pests 237
Nature's balance : good bugs and bad bugs 245
Attracting good bugs 251
Integrated pest management 255
Pt. 6 Soil is health - improving soils, free fertilizers
Feeding the soil 261
Nature's nutrients and dynamic accumulators 265
Grow your own fertilizers : cover crops and green manures 273
A five-year plan for soil improvement 277
Pt. 7 Mixing trees, lawns flowers, herbs, vines, and vegetables
Competition for sun, water, and fertilizer 283
Diversity, pests, and diseases 287
Finishing touches : perennial legumes, edible flowers, and mulches 291
Pt. 8 The edible landscape cookbook
The golden hits of edible landscaping 295
App. 1 Climate zones 311
App. 2 Solar charts 313
App. 3 Site analysis survey 317
App. 4 Deciduous and evergreen vines 321
App. 5 Carbon-to-nitrogen ratios and the N-P-K of compostable materials 325
App. 6 Liquid measure conversions 327
App. 7 Sizing materials for landscaping 329
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