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Designing And Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally [Paperback]

By Robert Kourik, Rosalind Creasy (Foreward By), Mark Kane (Editor) & Maia Massion (Illustrator)
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Pages   351
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.02" Width: 8.24" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   1.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 30, 2005
Publisher   Permanent Publications
ISBN  1856230260  
EAN  9781856230261  

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First published in 1986, this classic is back in print by popular demand. It is the authoritative text on edible landscaping, featuring a step-by-step guide to designing a productive environment using vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs for a combination of ornamental and culinary purposes.
It includes descriptions of plants for all temperate habitats, methods for improving soil, tree pruning styles, and gourmet recipes using low-maintenance plants. There are sections on attracting beneficial insects with companion plants and using planting to shelter your home from erosion, heat, wind, and cold.

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More About Robert Kourik, Rosalind Creasy, Mark Kane & Maia Massion

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! During the 1975 California drought, Robert Kourik created a primitive drip system, and since then he has continued to innovate using the latest technologies. He has written 10 instructional books advocating sustainable gardening, edible landscaping, and a healthy lifestyle, including Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates, now in its second edition (2009), and Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally (2005), later published in a paperback edition as Roots Demystified (2007). He lives in Occidental, California.

Robert Kourik currently resides in Occidental, in the state of California.

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On par with popular permaculture/sustainable living books  Aug 6, 2008
I just got the book a week back and I am still reading it. I had to write this review because of the number of stars this book got. It is unfair since only 2 persons have reviewed it. Yes, this book is a little technical, but nothing that a lay person cannot understand. Actually, that is the reason I got this book for. I wanted facts and not stories. I have been reading about permaculture for a while now. I had so many unanswered questions. The minute I read preview pages on Google books, I bought it without the usual second thoughts I get. I am still learning a lot. I liked the section on companion planting and decided not to buy a book on it. Instead I just ordered his book on drip irrigation. I didn't get any color photos in my book. I found I had to download it from his web site. But I don't care much for somebody's landscape photos because I will design my own :) This book has a section on roots too. I also bought his other book on roots as I found it hard to design without knowing what happens underneath. If you are in doubt about buying this book, read the preview to see if this is for you.
Too dry for me.  Feb 5, 2008
I'm sure this book is interesting to some, but it left me disappointed. The style was too dry and technical to inspire me.
A Library Within This Book  Jun 14, 2006
One of my most-used books; I'm buying this copy for a wedding. Two negatives -- The cost is high, and even as I wish for more color photographs, I ponder how much the price would rise with them. Also, as a new gardener, I struggled with five-syllable foreign terms and phrases. But he compensates well. After "an inoculant called rhizobium that colonizes the roots of leguminous plants", he says, "Pull up some bean plants. If you can see small pinkish white nodules on the roots" then it's okay. (p. 125)

The range of material is wide yet thorough. Can I grow peaches where I live? He compares 10 varieties, with limitations and virtues. He suggests alternate reading for each subject, and offers a capsule review (e.g., "A good one to browse in the library; only serious tree crops enthusiasts need own it." p. 219). The appendix seems all-encompassing to me, with an expansive index, recommended magazines and supportive organizations, mail order suppliers, & real recipes like "Chayote Parmigiana", with text on everything you'd EVER want to know about growing chayote for the dish, including Effort. (p. 300, 301)

Rosalind Creasy broke ground (ha!) promoting edibles in the landscape, and Kourik credits her. Her book has not been updated, however; this book remains timely.

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