Kourik's color photos and Massion's art effectively illustrate a text that fulfills the title's promise. The author's advice is sound and practical although the reader may bridle at his tone at times. (Attempting a chatty informality, for example, he orders one to "find a comfortable chair and leaf through the book.") Otherwise, this is a valuable guide to the holistic approach to gardening, which relies on natural fertilizers and avoids chemicals. The author begins with suggestions for designing plots according to environment, space available, personal preferences. (The pictures prove that areas featuring vegetables, herbs, fruit- and nut-bearing trees and other edibles can be beautiful.) Kourik, who frequently appears on TV and lectures nationally, includes recipes that use the wide variety of foods featured here.
Robert Kourik began his career in organic landscape maintenance in 1974. Over the next four decades, he honed his horticulture-related skills by working with clients throughout the US, and has since written fourteen books on the creation of sustainable homes and gardens.
His book Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape―Naturally, originally written in 1986, has become a classic in its field, defining the genera of gardening now known as “edible landscaping,” and focusing on organic, natural, sustainable, integrated systems.
His extensive thirty-five-year-old ornamental/herbal drought- and deer-resistant garden and orchard have never been watered.
This book is really great so far! I'm learning a lot! I would suggest to anyone who is really in to plant knowledge.Published 3 months ago by Carlton Grimm
Good information. Kourik explains his previous understanding of plants' root size, compared to the top part of the plant, which was what I had learned as well. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Kanner
The general and technical information is very instrucitve.Published 8 months ago by John M. Flaherty Jr.
An interesting book offering insight into a seldom discussed world. In particular, I enjoyed the root maps.Published 9 months ago by Steve