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The Edible Garden (Sunset) Paperback – November 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0376031709 ISBN-10: 0376031700 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sunset Publishing Co.; 1 edition (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0376031700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0376031709
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has great information.
Sleigh
The bulk of the book is profiles for different types of fruits/herbs/veggies, telling you when to plant, how to plant, how to maintain, and how to use in cooking.
E. Bradley
Whether you are a master gardener or a beginner, this book would make a fine addition to your library.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By gemflint on July 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
Whether you are a master gardener or a beginner, this book would make a fine addition to your library. It is an excellent "how-to", with many color photos (distant and close-up for detail) and nicely-done illustrations.

No, this is not a "hoity-toity" book that is out of most working peoples' price range - it covers the spectrum of gardeners out there, from the most independent "do-it-yourselfer" to those who want to give ideas to their contractor or hired gardener.

The topics cover not only traditional "in ground" gardening but also touch on urban gardening, raised bed and container gardening, not to mention cold frames and overwintering non-zoned plants. Speaking of traditional gardening, this book also covers innovations for traditional beds; my favorite being

a grid-shaped trellis for keeping the Asparagus bed neat.

The book also touches on:

* Making a "formal" garden with edibles;

* Edible flowers and scented edibles;

* Beneficial insects;

* How to make chidrens' garden spaces (and how to get the kids involved);

* Making attractive but still very functional critter-proof fencing (deer and groundhogs, to name a few); and

* How to overwinter non-hardy plants and trees, especially in regards to growing container citrus trees.

If you're just starting out into gardening, this would be a "must-have" book for you. If you've some gardening experience under your belt, this is still an excellent book to have as it has innovative but still very useful and functional ideas for your garden and yard.

All in all, five stars for the book. I just wish it was longer - 192 pages was just a teaser.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By E. Bradley on June 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've looked at a lot of gardening books in my day, and this one is the best I've seen for growing herbs, fruits and vegetables. It's thin and not a page is wasted.

The bulk of the book is profiles for different types of fruits/herbs/veggies, telling you when to plant, how to plant, how to maintain, and how to use in cooking. It also includes useful tips on everything from extending your growing season and getting rid of pests, to how to arrange plants and espalier your apple trees.

Fascinating and easy to use with beautiful pictures! I read the whole thing in one sitting!

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UPDATE 2/5/2011

After four years, this book is still a part of my collection! The gorgeous photos of vegetables, fruits, garden organization, trellises & teepees are very inspiring. It also has information about dealing with common garden pests and diseases. However, as I've learned more about gardening, I can see that this book is more appropriate for the beginner gardener. I still refer to it for planting dates and seed spacing, but I'm beginning to need other books with more detailed information about composting, organic methods and information on certain varieties.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
The Edible Garden is a practical, easy guide to growing fresh fruits and vegetables. There are a host of unusual ideas here, from kid-friendly projects to different techniques, streamlining gardening processes, and handling diseases, crop rotation needs, and special care. A fine beginner's guide.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By T & S on July 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have LOTS of garden books. I LOVE to garden, especially to vegetable garden. This book has great pictures of fruit, vegetable, and herb plants that really inspires you to make your garden not only functional, but beautiful too. I feel that this book is a great addition to my library and plan to reference it many many times in the future. Because of the size of the book, it can't go into alot of specifics about regional issues (I'm in the deep south and this can make a huge difference in what I can and cannot plant and when) although it does give basic overviews of plant preferences and maps of freeze dates etc. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much detail the book goes into on planting methods, pest problems (with lots of good up-close pictures), and other gardening topics. Great book for any fruit and vegetable gardener to add to their collection!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Morris on September 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
"The Edible garden" is choke full of ideas that are outside the box. After browsing this book I'm rethinking my whole garden. I'll be studying every word and researching every plant in this book all winter long.
I found this just wonderful with wonderful pictures and wonderful explanations.
This book is not suitable for kindle, the beauty is in the gorgeous pictures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Liz on January 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book quickly became one of our primary gardening resources. Technique descriptions, like french intensive methods, building raised beds, espaliers, small-space gardens, vertical gardens and more have been very helpful in our planning. The A - Z section on individual plants is excellent. I've learned a lot from The Edible Garden.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Jewell on November 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a review of three different Edible Gardening / Landscaping books. Like many of you I mulled over the options and was not sure which one to buy. Here is my synopsis after checking out these from the library and reading through all three books cover to cover:

Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy, 2010. This is an extensive reference for edible landscaping, and the one I purchased out of the 3. The first half of the book is about landscaping; evolution, planning, design basics, herbs, vegetables, fruits, small spaces. In each section she lists several books and websites where you can go to research the subject further whether it is growing citrus or installing drip irritation. The last half is an Encyclopedia of Edibles. Each plant has a photo with a description and information on how to eat it and how to grow it; climate, exposure and soil, fertilizing, watering, pruning, pests, harvesting and purchasing. This book will get lots of use from me, either to look through the front half for inspiration and ideas, or the last half as a reference when I decide to try out a new plant variety.

The Edible Front Yard by Ivette Soler, 2011. This has much less information but better full -page pictures and works better as a coffee table book. I found useful ideas in here but will not be using this book more than once. Since this book is better for inspiration, I would have liked to see more than three front yard garden designs in Chapter 5.

Sunset's The Edible Garden by Hazel White and Janet Sanchez, 2005. This had very superficial information on edibles, even the reference section. However it had lots of step-by-step instruction for gardening techniques that would be helpful for people new to gardening. As a reference book this was disappointing and I hope the new edition is beefed-up.
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