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Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden
     

Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden

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by Niki Jabbour
 

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Follow your zany muse and get creative with your vegetable garden. Niki Jabbour brings you 73 novel and inspiring food garden designs that include a cocktail garden featuring all the ingredients for your favorite drinks, a spicy retreat comprising 24 varieties of chile peppers, and a garden that’s devoted to supplying year-round salad greens. Created by

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Follow your zany muse and get creative with your vegetable garden. Niki Jabbour brings you 73 novel and inspiring food garden designs that include a cocktail garden featuring all the ingredients for your favorite drinks, a spicy retreat comprising 24 varieties of chile peppers, and a garden that’s devoted to supplying year-round salad greens. Created by celebrated gardeners, each unique design is accompanied by both plant lists and charming anecdotes. This fully illustrated collection glitters with off-beat personality and quirkiness.

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Publishers Weekly
03/17/2014
Although not as pioneering as the title implies, this collection provides plenty of food for thought, and hopefully for the table too. Jabbour (The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener) has engaged an impressive array of master gardeners; prize-winning bloggers; prominent authors and media personalities; and gardening advisors and experimenters to offer a tasting menu of garden plans suitable for the palate of just about anyone. The designs range from novelty and theme gardens such as Amanda Thomsen’s weiner-shaped Chicago Hot Dog Garden—featuring Windy City condiments: tomatoes, onions, hot peppers, dill, mustard, celery, and poppy seeds—to functional plans for attracting wildlife or beneficial insects. Historical plots include LaManda Joy’s Vintage Victory and Stephen Westcott-Gratton’s Elizabethan Gardens while other plans focus on practical considerations: using rooftop space, featuring shade-tolerant vegetables, or minimizing water. Microlivestock—chickens, bees, and soil microbes—make their appearances too. Instruction are minimal, which is adequate for the more straightforward plans, but readers attempting complex gardening concepts such as Mac Mead’s Biodynamic Farm may need to consult more detailed sources. Although gardeners’ locations are included in their bios, regional and hardiness zone information is missing from the plans themselves, which is likely to annoy experienced gardeners and may lead some novices astray. (Mar.)
Library Journal
★ 12/01/2016
Canadian Jabbour (host, The Weekend Gardener) invited North American and UK garden communicators, master gardeners, and professional horticulturists to share unique, themed edible gardens for almost every taste. (LJ 6/1/14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612120614
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
03/25/2014
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
200,721
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Niki Jabbour is the award-winning author of Niki Jabbours Veggie Garden Remix, The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, and Groundbreaking Food Gardens. Her work is found in Fine Gardening, Garden Making, Birds & Blooms, Horticulture, and other publications, and she speaks widely on food gardening at events and shows across North America. She is the host and creator of The Weekend Gardener radio show. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is online at SavvyGardening.com. 

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Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
You too can garden! I'm always happy to see examples of people who defy the odds. Author Nikki Jabbour lives in Canada and gardens year round... she's like a young Eliot Coleman. And then I think of Ruth Stout, who didn't garden all season-long but was also an organic farmer who shared her weed-free and pro-mulching techniques in Gardening Without Work: For the Aging, the Busy, and the Indolent. This book is great because it compiles 73 similarly inspiring, you-can-do-it stories into one attractive book (although, not with much depth). Bottom-line, you can garden anywhere and anytime.