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Landscaping With Fruit: Strawberry ground covers, blueberry hedges, grape arbors, and 39 other luscious fruits to make your yard an edible paradise. (A Homeowners Guide) Paperback – February 4, 2009
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Three graduate degrees, work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Cornell University, and much dirt under his fingernails later, he went off on his own as a freelance horticultural writer, consultant, and lecturer.
Out in the backyard, the garden developed and garnered awards ("Prettiest Vegetable Garden: from Organic Gardening magazine, "Best Vegetable Garden" from National Gardening magazine), and was featured in the New York Times and Martha Stewart Living. The garden also grew: Lee now considers himself a farmdener (more than a gardener, less than a farmer), tending his farmden in a small river valley in New York's beautiful Hudson River Valley. His farmden provides inspiration for his writing, a testing and observation ground for new plants, especially fruits, and, of course, plenty of delicious, healthful fruits and vegetables.
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However, the author is relatively unconcerned about invasive species. He even lists blackberries as something to put in your garden, with an offhand mention of pruning to control growth. (Here in the pacific northwest, we don't worry about a zombie apocalypse much, because the blackberry bushes are stronger, faster, meaner, and more virulent than any zombie plague.) At least a few other plants also spread via suckers and underground runners, sometimes quite determinedly, but almost no emphasis is placed on it. A gardener following the recommendations in this book may end up with a property totally overrun by blackberries and maypop because they weren't able to keep up with the plants' precocious growing habits.
My advice to anyone looking to create their own edible landscape is to use this book as a starting point. Get some ideas of which plants sound like you'd like having them around, but then go check other sources. Make sure the plants you want to grow won't run you out of your home in a few seasons, or aren't disease-prone in your area. (For example, i was planning on planting some Juneberry trees until i talked to the people at my local garden center. They told me that i'd spend so much time fighting disease on my Juneberries that even if i managed a harvest, it wouldn't be worth it.Read more ›
After the introduction, the book is essentially divided into two parts though that organization is never expressly stated by the author. The first half of the book is all about the technical details. The second half is all about the various plants. Of course, various plants are discussed and there are photographs of them in the first section, but the overriding material is regarding landscape design and placement of the plants as well as how to maintain them.
The first chapter covers "Landscape Design Basics." As implied by the title, it is how to figure out how one yard looks better that another(and not just because everything is alive and thriving), how to figure out what you have, what you want, how to use different plants to achieve different goals, etc.
"Considerations In Planting" follows with topics on weather, your local soil, types of sunlight in your area, etc.
This leads directly into the chapter titled "Growing The Plants." Spending money and effort on planting is doomed to failure if you don't know what will grow best, how to care for your soil, prune and protect against pests of all types, among other topics.
Various plans for several different layouts are found in the next section titled "Home Landscape Plans.Read more ›
His book has a few cute landscaping plans by some other author but he talks very minimally about how he planned his own spectacular garden which he calls a "farmden". I think he needs to write another book about "farmdens" so us laymen can learn from this great master.
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This book has many terrific ideas on how to integrate fruit trees, shrubs, etc into one's landscape. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rebecca DeWitt
Great book! If you want to incorporate fruit into your landscape, this is a worthwhile purchase. It is full of helpful diagrams and pictures as well as useful text. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Smelltherose
I absolutely love this book. Great ideas and wonderful photos.Published 9 months ago by B. Gonzales
Great book to get you interested in using fruit as part of an edible landscape. If you are already growing vegetables at home and want to invest in fruiting shrubs, vines, trees or... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jeff M.
Good book. I have been doing this for awhile but all this info was very helpful.Published 10 months ago by Ruth A. Rothschnelle
With the rising cost of food, most especially fruits, and having trouble finding organics I will be planting an edible paradise on my property. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lois Field
Often it's impossible to even read the plants names on the drawings. Would not buy again. What's the use of garden plans if you can't read them.Published 13 months ago by Christian Hackl