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The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden 1st Edition
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A picture is worth a thousand words, and Soler�s guide to combining vegetables, flowers, herbs, and fruit trees for front yard curb appeal proves it. This �germinatrix� demonstrates with numerous full-color, page-filling photos the literal and figurative beauty in transforming a �wasteful time-consuming, toxic monoculture . . . an anti-social space� into a �more evolved and exciting version of front yard beauty that prizes health, diversity, and pleasure over short-term convenience.� Soler�s suggestions for well-designed lawn alternatives emphasize color, form, and varietal texture found in such commonplace and utilitarian flora as apple trees, fragrant basil with its African Blue blooms, and the �burnished stems, elongated leaves, and purple lacquered fruit of eggplants.� An alphabetical listing of ornamental edibles from apples to wormwood (a genus of insect-repelling plants with silvery foliage as intoxicating�visually, that is�as its putatively hallucinogenic distillate, absinthe) combined with landscaping tips for various building styles and a resources list round out a useful and inspiring volume. --Whitney Scott
“A useful and inspiring volume.” —Booklist
“A lively new book. . . . Soler takes you through a wide selection of suggested varieties of vegetables, fruits and herbs that are as beautiful as any rose bush.” —Martha Stewart Living
“An enticing introduction to growing food beautifully. . . . a timely, handsome guide.” —Publishers Weekly
“A good source of ideas for gardeners trying to imagine the edible front yard that might one day be theirs.” —Washington Gardener
“Proves that kitchen gardens can be both pretty and productive. Shows how to grow veggies in front so beautifully that neighbors won’t object.” —Sunset
“Don’t just plant flowers this gardening season; feed your family, too!” —AARP Magazine
“Lush and lovely.” —Apartment Therapy
“Heavily-laden with quality photography that is as inspiring as the text.” —Gardening By The Book
“Addresses the concerns that gardeners of all kinds have, when considering making the change from grass to groceries.” —Horticulture
“It’s inspiring to see photos of how much more interesting our front yards could be.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Empowers readers with the knowledge to successfully transform their yards.” —Portland Book Review
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The book shows you how to plant plants that are both appealing, and edible. It talks about organic methods to keep your garden looking nice and pest free. There is discussion about how to plan and maximize even the most restrictive neighborhood to include a few harvestables. I particularly enjoyed the creative use of brick and the discussion of each plant and their distinct properties.
Reading about this, made me wish to get started on my own front yard vegetable garden. Unfortunately for me, the slugs and snails would devour it alive and what they didn't get, the gophers and moles would finish off. I have raised beds lined with sand paper on the outer rim to prevent the slugs in the backyard... But I'm not sure how well this would go over in the front. Without raised beds, a front yard veg garden would be impossibility. I like the idea of planting fruit trees in the front yard.
What you get:
* Instructions on how to build maintain and grow your own edible garden
* Detailed discussion of herbs and plants you can add to your edible garden
* Nice pictures of pre-existing gardens in a variety of locations and styles
* Chock full of helpful tips
* May not be suitable for all climates
* Pest control methods a bit optimistic
Recommended. 5/5 stars
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.