The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden by Ivette Soler, NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden

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

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by Ivette Soler
     
 

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People everywhere are turning patches of soil into bountiful vegetable gardens, and each spring a new crop of beginners pick up trowels and plant seeds for the first time. They're planting tomatoes in raised beds, runner beans in small plots, and strawberries in containers. But there is one place that has, until now, been woefully neglected — the front yard.

Overview

People everywhere are turning patches of soil into bountiful vegetable gardens, and each spring a new crop of beginners pick up trowels and plant seeds for the first time. They're planting tomatoes in raised beds, runner beans in small plots, and strawberries in containers. But there is one place that has, until now, been woefully neglected — the front yard.

And there's good reason. The typical veggie garden, with its raised beds and plots, is not the most attractive type of garden, and favorite edible plants like tomatoes and cucumbers have a tendency to look a scraggily, even in their prime. But The Edible Front Yard isn't about the typical veggie garden, and author Ivette Soler is passionate about putting edibles up front and creating edible gardens with curb appeal.

Soler offers step-by-step instructions for converting all or part of a lawn into an edible paradise; specific guidelines for selecting and planting the most attractive edible plants; and design advice and plans for the best placement and for combining edibles with ornamentals in pleasing ways. Inspiring and accessible, The Edible Front Yard is a one-stop resource for a front-and-center edible garden that is both beautiful and bountiful year-round.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The locavore movement has energized many to grow their own food, something that can seem at odds with the desire for a beautiful yard. Enter Soler, whose informative tips for growing fruits and vegetables that will not only taste great, but look great (overflowing with Summa's lush photography) makes for a timely, handsome guide. Soler (known for her popular blog, the Germinatrix) excels at describing garden projects; how to construct a sturdy but attractive trellis, espalier a fruit tree, build a unique corrugated raised bed, and dozens of other tasks are vividly explained. She profiles plants from amaranth to yucca, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and cactus. However, while basic cultivation and culinary information is provided for each plant, serious gardeners will need additional references to find specifics like varietal differences, and sunlight, water, and soil amendment requirements. Soler addresses structure, borders, repetition, texture, form, color, and hardscape in designing your front yard garden, providing detailed plans for three in existence. Finally, she tackles some of the less-fun realities involved, like lawn removal, building codes, and dry, packed streetside beds. She provides a brief introduction to organic methods, irrigation, and garden maintenance, as well as a list of seed resources. A well-designed and thorough overview, The Edible Front Yard is an enticing introduction to growing food beautifully. Readers, start your shovels. Photos. (Feb.)
Martha Stewart Living
“A lively new book…Soler takes you through a wide selection of suggested varieties of vegetables, fruits and herbs that are as beautiful as any rose bush.”
Red Dirt Ramblings
“Lots of good advice and problem solving written in a clear and energetic voice.”
Dirt du Jour
“A lively new book…Soler takes you through a wide selection of suggested varieties of vegetables, fruits and herbs that are as beautiful as any rose bush.”
North Coast Gardening
“Lots of good advice and problem solving written in a clear and energetic voice.”
Dave's Garden
“Walks you through delish design ideas, plant profiles and even introduces everyday plants that we didn’t know were edible.”
Booklist
“Tackles the question of how to incorporate edibles and veggies into your landscape without having the whole thing look messy.”
PersonalGardeningCoach.com
“This delightful book is a great example of learning to color outside the lines and dispels the notion that an urban front yard should be a ceremonial expanse of useless grass.”
GreenSparrowGarden.com
“A useful and inspiring volume.”
BlueHeronLandscapes.com
“An entertaining and might I say, down right persuasive book for me to have the guts to stand up and plant my veggies, right here in my own front yard!”

VegPatchDiary.com
“Ivette's prose, like her gardens, is unabashed, exuberant, and a rollicking good time. And in terms of visual beauty, even my high expectations were blown away.”
Sunset's "Fresh Dirt" blog
“Provides us the tools to grow our own food in a beautiful garden and reconnect with the land between house and curb. It has earned a spot on every gardener’s bookshelf."
Sunset Magazine
“An enticing introduction to growing food beautifully…a timely, handsome guide.”
Willamette Woman Magazine
"Proves that kitchen gardens can be both pretty and productive. Shows how to grow veggies in front so beautifully that neighbors won't object."
The Daily Globe
“Proves that kitchen gardens can be both pretty and productive. Shows how to grow veggies in front so beautifully that neighbors won't object."
Epinions.com
The pictures induce severe garden envy.
AARP The Magazine
This inspiring guide offers a fresh alternative to the boring front lawn.
Apartment Therapy
If you're frustrated with waste and you're feeling brave, if you like the idea of sustainability and permaculture, consider this [book] when developing your design.
BookPage
Don’t just plant flowers this gardening season; feed your family, too!
DailyCandy.com
Lush and lovely.
The San Francisco Chronicle
Soler cultivates a compelling case for a garden that’s both decorative and delicious.
Portland Book Review
Project[s] to help your family go green.
UnderMyAppleTree.com
Full of retro pizzazz.
SmallKitchenGarden.net
Empowers readers with the knowledge to successfully transform their yards.
AOL's Shelter Pop
If you are looking for ideas to add some edible and pretty plants to your landscaping I recommend this book.
The Oregonian
Get this book! In fact, buy several and give them to your neighbors.
Energy Bulletin
[Walks] us through the in's and out's of planting every plant in the 2011 garden.
State-by-State Gardening
It’s a winner.
The Larrapin Garden Blog
Wonderful pictures, great lists of attractive edibles, and useful design advice.
Gardening By The Book
Soler's book is going to help more front yards get bountiful. And I like that a lot.
Horticulture Magazine
New gardeners will find good advice and more advanced gardeners will find some very clever tips and ideas.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Heavily-laden with quality photography that is as inspiring as the text.
Winston-Salem Journal
[Soler] addresses the concerns that gardeners of all kinds have, when considering making the change from grass to groceries.
Richmond Times-Dispatch
“It’s inspiring to see photos of how much more interesting our front yards could be.”
Washington Gardener
“This is a great book to get you fired up about the upcoming growing season.”
Washington Gardener - Rachel Shaw
"It's a good source of ideas for gardeners trying to imagine the edible front yard that might one day be theirs."
From the Publisher
“…if you are looking for visual inspiration, this book hands it over in spades.”

"It's a good source of ideas for gardeners trying to imagine the edible front yard that might one day be theirs."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604692907
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/14/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
216
File size:
22 MB
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What People are saying about this

Garden Design - Sarah Kinbar
“Soler’s fully-realized sense of style is matched by her glittering personality and deep knowledge of gardening and design.”
Stephen Orr
"I love Ivette's infectious enthusiasm for gardening, which is matched only by her deep knowledge of horticulture. Few people can make me laugh so hard and think so hard in the same sentence." — Stephen Orr, garden editor and writer

Garden Rant - Susan Harris
"Front lawns, beware - The Germinatrix has you in her crosshairs! Ivette Soler is a welcome voice urging us to mow less and grow some food - in her uniquely fun, infectious yet informative way."

Sarah Kinbar
“Soler’s fully-realized sense of style is matched by her glittering personality and deep knowledge of gardening and design.”
— Garden Design
Susan Harris

"Front lawns, beware - The Germinatrix has you in her crosshairs! Ivette Soler is a welcome voice urging us to mow less and grow some food - in her uniquely fun, infectious yet informative way."

— Garden Rant

Meet the Author

Ivette Soler is a garden designer and writer living in Los Angeles, California. Her plant design work for Elysian Landscapes, and her own personal garden, have appeared in magazines such as Metropolitan Home, Sunset, and House & Garden, as well as in several books. Ivette’s garden writing has been featured in Garden Design, Cottage Living, and Budget Living, and she was the resident gardening expert on NBC’s The Bonnie Hunt Show. Her popular gardening blog, The Germinatrix, originated in 2006 as a part of Domino magazine; since 2009, Ivette’s blog has been thriving independently.

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