- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Metropolis Books; 2 edition (April 30, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193520212X
- ISBN-13: 978-1935202127
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn, 2nd Revised Edition: A Project by Fritz Haeg Paperback – April 30, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
But this is a picture book, and it seemed like it was little more than a stunt. Dull lawns became transformed into massive, gorgeous gardens with the flip of a page. The pictures were inspiring and beautiful. But most gardens in most parts of North America look pretty shabby much of the year. And producing the kinds of gardens in this book in a single season must have been a tremendously labor- and cost-intensive project. I was hoping for a bit more how-to for the person who may not have a landscaping team with a backhoe and unlimited access to productive soil. How to design a garden to look okay in the off-season, how to take advantage of certain kinds of plants for certain kinds of nooks and crannies, how to transform a lawn into produce at the scale of time/effort/money that the average person can afford. How to think about runoff. How to start.
This book is inspirational, but I fear those beautiful yards will cause a lot of disappointment come October, and I wonder how many of those gardens will still be around and that productive a few years from now. I hope I'm wrong but I suspect: not many.
I highly recommend this book if:
* You're considering a new vegetable garden or any front yard garden; and
* You're already an experienced gardener
It's not a a basic 'how to garden' primer, but there are plenty of other books on that topic.
Now, I'm in the 'design' phase. But I'm eagerly anticipating spring to break ground and start planting!
We live in South Carolina and there was no demonstration project nearby. The concepts were very well developed and presented. Kudos for the photography which was excellent.
For everyone else, YES! ATTACK THE FRONT LAWN!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting but I was looking for more instructions than stories.Published 10 months ago by Mimi M.
This book has a lot of great ideas, pictures and descriptions! As someone who already grows lettuce in their front yard, I really enjoyed this book.Published on September 9, 2011 by MonicaK
When I first heard of this book I was entering my "I want to have a totally native yard" phase. I put my name on the list at the library and waited at position 2 for over two... Read morePublished on May 28, 2011 by Amazon Customer