- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Sunset Publishing Co.; 1 edition (November 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0376031700
- ISBN-13: 978-0376031709
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Edible Garden (Sunset) 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
No, this is not a "hoity-toity" book that is out of most working peoples' price range - it covers the spectrum of gardeners out there, from the most independent "do-it-yourselfer" to those who want to give ideas to their contractor or hired gardener.
The topics cover not only traditional "in ground" gardening but also touch on urban gardening, raised bed and container gardening, not to mention cold frames and overwintering non-zoned plants. Speaking of traditional gardening, this book also covers innovations for traditional beds; my favorite being
a grid-shaped trellis for keeping the Asparagus bed neat.
The book also touches on:
* Making a "formal" garden with edibles;
* Edible flowers and scented edibles;
* Beneficial insects;
* How to make chidrens' garden spaces (and how to get the kids involved);
* Making attractive but still very functional critter-proof fencing (deer and groundhogs, to name a few); and
* How to overwinter non-hardy plants and trees, especially in regards to growing container citrus trees.
If you're just starting out into gardening, this would be a "must-have" book for you. If you've some gardening experience under your belt, this is still an excellent book to have as it has innovative but still very useful and functional ideas for your garden and yard.
All in all, five stars for the book. I just wish it was longer - 192 pages was just a teaser.
The bulk of the book is profiles for different types of fruits/herbs/veggies, telling you when to plant, how to plant, how to maintain, and how to use in cooking. It also includes useful tips on everything from extending your growing season and getting rid of pests, to how to arrange plants and espalier your apple trees.
Fascinating and easy to use with beautiful pictures! I read the whole thing in one sitting!
After four years, this book is still a part of my collection! The gorgeous photos of vegetables, fruits, garden organization, trellises & teepees are very inspiring. It also has information about dealing with common garden pests and diseases. However, as I've learned more about gardening, I can see that this book is more appropriate for the beginner gardener. I still refer to it for planting dates and seed spacing, but I'm beginning to need other books with more detailed information about composting, organic methods and information on certain varieties.
I found this just wonderful with wonderful pictures and wonderful explanations.
This book is not suitable for kindle, the beauty is in the gorgeous pictures.
Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy, 2010. This is an extensive reference for edible landscaping, and the one I purchased out of the 3. The first half of the book is about landscaping; evolution, planning, design basics, herbs, vegetables, fruits, small spaces. In each section she lists several books and websites where you can go to research the subject further whether it is growing citrus or installing drip irritation. The last half is an Encyclopedia of Edibles. Each plant has a photo with a description and information on how to eat it and how to grow it; climate, exposure and soil, fertilizing, watering, pruning, pests, harvesting and purchasing. This book will get lots of use from me, either to look through the front half for inspiration and ideas, or the last half as a reference when I decide to try out a new plant variety.
The Edible Front Yard by Ivette Soler, 2011. This has much less information but better full -page pictures and works better as a coffee table book. I found useful ideas in here but will not be using this book more than once. Since this book is better for inspiration, I would have liked to see more than three front yard garden designs in Chapter 5.
Sunset's The Edible Garden by Hazel White and Janet Sanchez, 2005. This had very superficial information on edibles, even the reference section. However it had lots of step-by-step instruction for gardening techniques that would be helpful for people new to gardening. As a reference book this was disappointing and I hope the new edition is beefed-up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a gift I bought for my mother. My own copy is well worn!Published 6 months ago by L. Russell
I have gardened for years, but I am making the same mistakes I made year after year. This book has lots of information and suggestions that I am hoping will transform my... Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by Joseph Graves
I just loved this book!!! All the information was incredible. I've been reading every page and I know just what kind of garden is going in next year!!! I can't wait....Published on June 14, 2012 by nanwrobs
This book has great information. I have read through it twice and I refer to it daily too as I am enlarging my garden.Published on February 21, 2012 by Amazon Customer