- Paperback: 382 pages
- Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (March 30, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781856230261
- ISBN-13: 978-1856230261
- ASIN: 1856230260
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
About the Author
During the 1976 California drought, Robert started one of the first organic garden-maintenance businesses in the country. Taking to heart lessons administered with great enthusiasm by the School of Hard Knocks, he progressed into landscape design.
Over a 40-year period, focusing primarily on horticultural methods known variously as organic, natural, appropriate, sustainable, integrated-system and permaculture, Robert learned numerous growing, design, and maintenance skills from the inside out by working with clients throughout California and the rest of the US. He’s been sharing that knowledge in books since 1986.
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The list of references/further reading is impressive but marred by needless repetition. The book 'Feed the Soil' is mentioned in the chapter bibliographies at least three times, each time with Kourik's peevish comment that he "dislikes the opening dialogue between rabbits and a worm". OK I think we got that bit Robert, we can move on now.
With some careful editing (and pruning out of one third of the text) a really fine book could have been created. And maybe no harm to add metric measures to the 'liquid measures conversions' at the end of the book. Even in the US, the metric system has been used by the scientific community for over half a century, and in the most of the rest of the world, terms like quart and bushel, long in disuse, will leave people scratching their heads.
In spite of those criticisms, this is a good book to add to your library. But get it second-hand.
Open the pages and become immersed in details you'll find hard to discover elsewhere, such as analysis of rootstock and thier resistance to crown rot; how to reduce wind chill and improve orchard output and a table formatted Bio selector for insect pest control using biologicals, minerals, beneficials and botanical organic options.
Ater many years of being without this reference book, and the only copies stolen or lost from the local library, (I understand why) I now have my own and will guard it greedily.
It's an essential additional to my professional library and highly recommended for others in the horticultural industry too, even if you are in the subtropics as I am.