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

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Niki Jabbour set out to discover how and why popular gardeners are growing vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, grains, and herbs. The enthusiastic answers and innovative garden plans she received are as rich and varied as the plants being grown.


Here are 73 garden designs from horticulturists, community gardeners, bloggers and print writers, television and radio hosts, and other professional gardeners. Contributions include design illustrations, plant lists, and stories explaining ...

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Overview

Niki Jabbour set out to discover how and why popular gardeners are growing vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, grains, and herbs. The enthusiastic answers and innovative garden plans she received are as rich and varied as the plants being grown.


Here are 73 garden designs from horticulturists, community gardeners, bloggers and print writers, television and radio hosts, and other professional gardeners. Contributions include design illustrations, plant lists, and stories explaining the personal quirks and motivations behind the garden. There's a plan to satisfy every craving.

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Editorial Reviews

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
06/01/2014
Vegetable and herb gardeners are always looking for exciting and new ways to have productive harvests. Jabbour (The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener) has collected an inspiring array of vegetable garden designs (73 total) from across the country. They come from master gardeners, designers, and media personalities (writers, bloggers, designers, radio hosts, etc.). Each garden is specialized, accommodating various conditions (balconies, hillsides, terraces, front yards, containers, rooftops) and some with specific purposes (a biodynamic farm, a beekeeper's garden). Most feature raised beds to grow a range of plants, while others are devoted to specifics such as Asian vegetables or "Italian Heritage." Two to four pages are devoted to each plan, with narratives, line drawings, and charts. Photos of the gardens would have been welcome, but the plans are attractive and give the reader a useful visual reference. One quibble: although the locations of the gardens are provided in the brief gardener outlines at the front of the book, they are not included with the plans. This requires the reader to flip back and forth for that information. VERDICT An attractive and entertaining book that will be of interest to gardeners and designers. Recommended for public libraries and all gardening collections.—Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612120614
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 3/25/2014
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 308,267
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Niki Jabbour is a food gardener and garden writer who lives near Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her articles have appeared in Canadian Gardening, Garden Making, Gardens East, The Heirloom Gardener, and other publications. She is the host of The Weekend Gardener, a call-in radio show that airs throughout the Maritime provinces on News 95.7 FM and www.news957.com, and she blogs at www.yearroundveggiegardener.blogspot.com. Her garden boasts over 40 heirloom vegetables and herbs that keep her family eating fresh food year-round.

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Table of Contents

Introduction


About the Contributors


Urban Farmscape - Patti Marie Travioli

Culinary Herbs for Beginners - Susan Appleget Hurst

Pollinator-Friendly Raised Bed - Paul Zammit

Beautiful Balcony Edibles - Andrea Bellamy

Southern-Style Backyard Farm - Carolyn Binder

Edibles on a Patio - Donna Balzer

American Potager - Jennifer R. Bartley

Eggs & Everything - Jessi Bloom

Fig-Pig Patio - Steven Biggs

Critter Control - Karen Chapman

Eat Your Yard - Nan K. Chase

Partially Shaded Vegetables - Marjorie Harris

Sidebar: Windy City Harvest

Small Space Beds - The Chicago Botanic Garden

The Circle of Life - Emma Cooper

Sunburst Veggie Garden - Shawna Coronado

Sidebar: Living Walls

Formal Herb Garden - Kate Copsey

Chile Lover's Garden - Dave DeWitt

Starter Kitchen Garden - Roger Doiron

Sidebar: Lasagna Gardening

Formal Kitchen Garden - Ellen Ecker Ogden

Grocery Garden - Jenks Farmer

Backyard Orchard - Colby Eierman

Front-Yard Foraging - Sarah Elton

Canner's Garden - Daniel Gasteiger

Slow-Food Garden - Laura Henderson

Power Foods - Dan Jason

Heirloom Sampler - Marie Iannotti

Wildlife-Friendly Garden - Tammi Hartung

Hanging Gutters - Jayme Jenkins

Modern Truck Garden - Leslie Land

Vintage Victory Garden - Lamanda Joy

Asian Vegetables - Wendy Kiang-Spray

Garden Squares for Kids - Karen Liebreich and Jutta Wagner

Urban Homestead - Theresa Loe

Teaming with Microbes - Jeff Lowenfels

Urban Shade Garden - Kathy Martin

Edible Knot Garden - Karen Atkins

Vertical Vegetables - Rhonda Massingham Hart

Culinary Courtyard - Rachel Mathews

Concrete & Steel Garden - Laura Mathews

Front-Yard Suburban Farm - Chris McLaughlin

Southern Spring Garden - Dee Nash

Founding Fathers Garden - Teresa O'Connor

Terraced Hillside - Barbara Pleasant

Edible Hedge - Charlie Nardozzi

Italian Heritage Garden - Doug Oster

Community Plot - Michael Nolan

Edible Cutting Garden - Debra Prinzing

Biodynamic Farm - Mac Mead

Garlic Sampler - Liz Primeau

Rooftop Farm - Colin McCrate and Hilary Dahl

Gourmet Containers - Renee Shepherd and Beth Benjamin

Cocktail Garden - Amy Stewart and Susan Morrison

Chicago Hot-Dog Garden - Amanda Thomsen

Upcycled Edible Patio - Jean Ann Van Krevelen

Pallet Garden - Joe Lamp'l

"Good Bug" Garden - Jessica Walliser

Elizabethan Garden - Stephen Westcott-Gratton

Sidebar: An Easy Way to Expand Your Existing Garden

Forager's Garden - Ellen Zachos

Water-Wise Herbs & More - Nan Sterman

Beat the Grocery Bill - Mark Cullen

Fall & Winter Vegetables - Niki Jabbour

52 Weeks of Salad - Michelle Chapman

Edible School Garden - Benjamin Eichorn

Backyard Brewer's - Rebecca Kneen

OTTO Pizza Garden - Toby Adams and Annie Novak

Year-Round Front-Yard Garden - Rebecca Sweet

Edible Campus - Vikram Bhatt

Backyard Beekeeper's Garden - Kenny Point

Best-Tasting Tomatoes - Craig LeHoullier

Resources

Plant List

Index

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  • Posted June 18, 2014

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    You too can garden! I'm always happy to see examples of people

    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.

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