Eat Your Yard: Edible Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Herbs, and Flowers For Your Landscape

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Eat Your Yard! has information on 35 edible plants that offer the best of both landscape and culinary uses. Edible plants provide spring blossoms, colorful fruit and flowers, lush greenery, fall foliage, and beautiful structure, but they also offer fruits, nuts, and seeds that you can eat, cook, and preserve.

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Overview

Eat Your Yard! has information on 35 edible plants that offer the best of both landscape and culinary uses. Edible plants provide spring blossoms, colorful fruit and flowers, lush greenery, fall foliage, and beautiful structure, but they also offer fruits, nuts, and seeds that you can eat, cook, and preserve.

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New York Times Sunday Book Review
EAT YOUR YARD: Edible Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Herbs and Flowers for Your Landscape by Nan K. Chase, is both useful and beautiful because she has a feel for the dreams - and limitations - of the home gardener. Rose water plum compote and Mountain Farm citrus lavender marinade sound lovely, and doable.
— Dominique Browning
New York Times Sunday Book Review - Dominique Browning
EAT YOUR YARD: Edible Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Herbs and Flowers for Your Landscape by Nan K. Chase, is both useful and beautiful because she has a feel for the dreams - and limitations - of the home gardener. Rose water plum compote and Mountain Farm citrus lavender marinade sound lovely, and doable.
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Chase, who has written architecture and landscape design articles, explores a variety of edible plants from fruits to nuts and berries to herbs and vines to wildflowers that gardeners may grow as part of their landscape. Including plants suitable for all parts of the country, entries feature information on how to use the plants in the landscape, how to enjoy and/or preserve them, cultural requirements, and recipes. However, Chase doesn't always list USDA hardiness zones, and she provides only an overview on how to care for the plants and how to preserve the produce. For more specific information, she refers the reader to a variety of web sites. VERDICT While the book includes stunning photographs of the plants, gardeners would be better served by consulting books specifically written about growing fruit trees, berries, herbs, or other edible plants of interest.—Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL
Dominique Browning
…both useful and beautiful because [Chase] has a feel for the dreams—and limitations—of the home gardener.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423603849
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 731,313
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nan K. Chase writes about architecture and landscape design. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Smithsonian, Fine Gardening, Architectural Record, and Southern Living. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is a contributing editor of WNC Magazine.
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Peaches and Cream Pops

Makes 4 Servings

1/2 cup peeled, chopped peaches

1/3 cup peeled, pureed peaches

2/3 cup vanilla yogurt

Lightly swirl all ingredients together in a small bowl. Spoon into 4 Popsicle molds and insert handle. Freeze for at least 4 hours.

*For extra-sweet pops, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey to yogurt before swirling.

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Table of Contents

7 Introduction

11 Favorite Fruits Apple, Cherry, Crabapple, Peach, Pear, Plum, Quince

41 Nuts &Almond, Blueberry, Chestnut, Hazelnut/Filbert, Pecan, Walnut

67 Herbs &Bay Tree, Grape, Kiwi, Lavender, Mint, Nasturtium, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme

97 Hot-Country Choices Fig, Kumquat, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Olive, Pomegranate

119 Wildflowers Pawpaw, Persimmon, Prickly Pear, Yucca, Rose, Sunflower

141 Preserving the Harvest

151 Resources

158 Index

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