The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping: Home Landscaping with Food-Bearing Plants and Resource-Saving Techniques

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This comprehensive, feature-packed book shows how you can create more beauty around your home, grow delicious healthful produce, and save money and natural resources all at the same time - by landscaping with edible plants. It includes a 160-page "Encyclopedia of Edibles" with detailed horticultural information, landscaping and culinary uses, seed sources, and recipes, as well as an abundance of how-to illustrations and landscape diagrams.
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Overview

This comprehensive, feature-packed book shows how you can create more beauty around your home, grow delicious healthful produce, and save money and natural resources all at the same time - by landscaping with edible plants. It includes a 160-page "Encyclopedia of Edibles" with detailed horticultural information, landscaping and culinary uses, seed sources, and recipes, as well as an abundance of how-to illustrations and landscape diagrams.
Of special interest to all gardeners, this unique guide incorporates energy-, water-, and soil-saving techniques with specific designs for all geographic/climatic regions of the country.

Shows how you can create beauty around your home, grow delicious healthful produce, and save money and natural resources all at the same time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871562494
  • Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/12/1982
  • Pages: 400

Meet the Author

Rosalind Creasy is a landscape designer and leading authority on edible landscaping. She is the author of numerous books on gardening and is a three-time recipient of the Garden Writers of America's Best Book of the Year award. She has written for Horticulture, Organic Gardening, Family Circle, and many other publications. She lives in Los Altos, California.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction: Welcome to the Edible Landscape 1
Part 1 Foodscaping and How to Do It 5
Chapter 1 The Joy of Edibles 7
Food Without Chemicals 8
How Safe Are Pesticides?
Growth Regulators
The Problem of Testing
The Money Motive 10
How Much Time Do You Have?
How Much Space Do You Have?
Will You Preserve Your Produce?
Will You Compost?
What Will Your Water Costs Be?
Selecting Plants for Savings
The Pleasure Factor 13
Chapter 2 Landscaping for a Small Planet 15
Water Conservation 16
Energy Conservation 18
Saving Household Energy
Solar Energy
Agricultural Energy Use
The Untouched-by-Human-Hands Tomato
Energy-Conserving Landscaping Practices
Soil Conservation 20
Organic Matter
Erosion
Soil Contamination and the Chemical Question 21
Lead Pollution
Fertilizers
Pesticides
Gardening Without Chemicals 26
Chapter 3 The Evolution of Landscaping 29
A Brief History of Landscape Gardening 30
In Ancient Times
The Medieval Era
The Renaissance
The Rise of the Pastoral Landscape
The Victorian Period
Twentieth-Century Styles
Aesthetic Considerations 34
Design Elements
Levels of Formality
Design Principles
Themes
Surrounding Areas
The Total Effect
Landscaping Styles for a Resource-Conscious Age 38
For the Homeowner
For the Planet
Natural Gardens
Chapter 4 Laying the Groundwork 43
Putting It on Paper 44
Analysis and Troubleshooting 47
Soil Types
Soil Problems
Exposure and Wind Direction
Unusual Features
Health of Existing Plants
Adjacent Areas
Planning for Utility and Enjoyment 49
Functions
Time and Effort Requirements
Working Out Your Budget
Zoning Restrictions
Environmental Planning 51
Landscaping for Climate Control
Resource Conservation
Elements of the Landscape: Structures 56
Recycled Materials
Surface Areas
Patio Covers
Arbors and Gazebos
Containers and Planter Boxes
Fences and Walls
Pools
Elements of the Landscape: Plant Materials 63
Some Common Poisonous Ornamentals
Criteria for Plant Selection
Choosing Edibles
Chapter 5 Designing with Edibles 73
Choosing a Design: A Test Case 73
Carrying Out the Design
Design Styles and Techiques 78
The Espalier
Decorative Techniques for Annual Vegetables
Shrub Borders Containing Edibles
Perennial Borders Containing Edibles
Hobby Gardens
Orchards
Edibles in Containers
Parts of the Property: Regional Treatments 96
Entryways
Sideyards
Patio Areas
Backyards
Chapter 6 Small-Area Landscaping 111
Designing the Small Garden 111
The Illusion of Space
Small-Garden Problems
Training Techniques
Energy-Saving Techniques
Subdivision Yards
Container Gardening 117
A Condominium Container Garden
Special Requirements
Plants for Hanging Baskets
Composting in Small Areas 119
Intensive Gardening 120
Preparing the Bed
Planting the Double-Dug Bed
Edible Plants for the Small Garden 123
Chapter 7 Planting and Maintenance 129
Seeding and Planting 129
Preparing the Soil
Starting From Seed
Planting Annuals
Planting Trees and Shrubs
Maintaining the Edible Landscape 132
Plant Nutrients
Fertilizing
Composting
Mulching
Watering
Maintaining a Lawn
Pruning
Hand Tools
Recommended Garden Tools and Equipment
Weeds, Pests, and Other Problems 146
Weed Control
Pest Control
A Pheromone Trap for Codling Moths
Disease Control
How to Use Soil Solarization
Problems with Wildlife
Part 2 An Encyclopedia of Edibles 169
Introduction to the Encyclopedia 171
Encyclopedia Entries 179
Part 3 Resources and References 335
Appendix A A Comprehensive Checklist of Edible Species 337
Appendix B Sources of Plants and Other Supplies 352
How to Obtain Plant Materials 352
Sharing and Saving
Horticultural Organizations and Seed Exchanges
State Forestry and Agricultural Departments
Cut-Rate Plants
A Word About Nurseries
Local Retail Nurseries
Mail-Order Nurseries
Sources of Edible Plants 354
Sources of Nonedible Plants 359
Suppliers of Nonplant Material 360
Appendix C Sources of Information 361
Organizations 361
Publications 362
Glossary of Technical Terms 363
Annotated Bibliography 365
General Information 365
Landscaping Information 366
Information on Edible Plants 367
Recipes and Food Preserving 369
Wildflower and Native Plant Information 369
Supplementary Reference Material 370
Index 371
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