- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Counterpoint; 2 edition (November 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578051541
- ISBN-13: 978-1578051540
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 81 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ros coined the now-ubiquitous term "edible landscaping" in 1982 when she published her first book on the subject. Thirty years ago, putting swiss chard and tomatoes with the roses in a front yard was considered radical. Now even the White House is doing it.
Many of us are adding edibles to our yards for the first time. Ros gives valuable information for experienced gardeners and for beginners. In the chapter devoted to "Designing with Vegetables" she recommends starting small with a 9-foot by 3-foot pine tomato box. A friend of hers in Pennsylvania grew three tomatoes (Ros says there's room for 8 plants): a cherry, `Celebrity' and `Early Girl' that yielded 67.5 pounds in one season.
Luscious photographs show how veggies can be as gorgeous as flowers.You don't need a lot of space; pages 172-173 show the design for Ros' front-yard edible patio garden in California packed with sesame, edamame, basil, strawberries, peppers, and more. The patio holds nine permanent wine barrel containers and a few permanent beds with a blackberry vine, climbing rose, and annual vines and flowers. She changes the contents of other large decorative containers every year.
Common-sense design techniques pepper the book. For example, she mentions that many large homes have tiny garden beds that are out of scale with their surroundings.
Although it's a paperback, it's beautiful enough to put on your coffee table. As a reference book, it's invaluable.
Disclaimer: Ros is a friend and fellow member of the Garden Writers Association, but she did not ask me to write this, nor did I receive a review copy.