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The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden Paperback – February 23, 2011
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I enjoyed using the book's photographs to dream about what my edible front yard might look like if I had buckets of money, plus more tillable land than my modest urban property provides. In my neighborhood, an edible front yard might consist of Swiss chard and an eggplant growing in place of the grass normally found in a 2-foot wide boulevard between the sidewalk and the street.
The landscaping photos are beautiful, showing me what I could have if only I lived on a larger lot (suburbs, maybe?) and had the wealth to hire a landscape architect and a good contractor. But heck, there's no harm in dreaming, is there? This book makes the dreaming even more beautiful.
The same succulents and herbs in the author's garden -- admittedly beautiful and inspiring -- are shown on pages 34, 94, 101, 110, 119, and 155. Each slightly different view of the same agave, escheveria, basil and sage illustrate different points: one emphasizes the use of red basil; one suggests using basil and sage in odd multiple numbers (3, 5, 7); one points out that color and contrast are important considerations in design; etc.
One picture on one page could have been used to illustrate all these points. Or photos of different plant combinations could have been used. Instead, we see essentially the same agave, escheveria, basil and sage repeatedly. (Oh, and for the record, agave and escheveria are not "edible" -- turns out that your edible front garden needs ornamental structure to be truly decorative!) The book features great gardens, graciously offered to public view. However, it suffers from paucity of number and variation in the gardens featured.
The text is likewise long on sex appeal; "There is something alluring about the burnished stems, elongated leaves, and purple, lacquered fruit of this slightly spooky member of the nightshade family." (Eggplant.)
Possibly this book would inspire the casual reader to consider agave and artichoke as reasonable alternatives to lawn. For people who are already gardening and/or considering edible planting, even the most novice among them, there is not enough practical information to justify purchasing the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would love to see more complete, entire-yard layout of photographs—besides that, it has great tips to design edible landscape and list of best suited plants, along with diagrams... Read morePublished 21 days ago by peapod.on.mars
Yes - while visiting my son in Hawaii, his fiancé thought I would enjoy this book to read in my spare time - she was so right - I ordered my own copy and plan to accomplish... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book has so many creative ideas!! The pictures are bright and pretty. I bought it during the winter to plan out my garden when spring came, great use of time to prepare :)Published 1 month ago by Kali Larson
I love this book! It has great information about how to grow and use edible plants and lots of photos of ways to use the plants in the landscape. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A. Hairston
I received this book prior to the expected date & it is in better than expected condition. A great book with humorous anecdotes, excellent plant descriptions and details, and... Read morePublished 10 months ago by DIANNE R
Really disappointing. Most of the book contains cursory descriptions of a long list of plants, of the type that can be accessed easily (and for free) on websites like Dave's... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Myra Bradwell
This book is perfect for assisting me in making better use of limited water by planting my garden in they front yard rather than having a lawn. Read morePublished 11 months ago by L. Fox