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The Edible Garden: Vegetables and Herbs; Berries; Fruit Trees, and Citrus; Organic Techniques, Pruning and More Paperback – Nov 14 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House; 1 edition (Nov. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0376031700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0376031709
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 1 x 27.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #372,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to any gardening library July 8 2006
By gemflint - Published on
Format: Paperback
Whether you are a master gardener or a beginner, this book would make a fine addition to your library. It is an excellent "how-to", with many color photos (distant and close-up for detail) and nicely-done illustrations.

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.
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best food gardening book I've seen June 5 2006
By E. Bradley - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've looked at a lot of gardening books in my day, and this one is the best I've seen for growing herbs, fruits and vegetables. It's thin and not a page is wasted.

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!

UPDATE 2/5/2011

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.

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A practical, easy guide to growing fresh fruits & vegetables June 10 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Edible Garden is a practical, easy guide to growing fresh fruits and vegetables. There are a host of unusual ideas here, from kid-friendly projects to different techniques, streamlining gardening processes, and handling diseases, crop rotation needs, and special care. A fine beginner's guide.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great visual inspiration, great basic information July 23 2008
By T & S - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have LOTS of garden books. I LOVE to garden, especially to vegetable garden. This book has great pictures of fruit, vegetable, and herb plants that really inspires you to make your garden not only functional, but beautiful too. I feel that this book is a great addition to my library and plan to reference it many many times in the future. Because of the size of the book, it can't go into alot of specifics about regional issues (I'm in the deep south and this can make a huge difference in what I can and cannot plant and when) although it does give basic overviews of plant preferences and maps of freeze dates etc. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much detail the book goes into on planting methods, pest problems (with lots of good up-close pictures), and other gardening topics. Great book for any fruit and vegetable gardener to add to their collection!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just gorgeous Sept. 22 2010
By S. Morris - Published on
Format: Paperback
"The Edible garden" is choke full of ideas that are outside the box. After browsing this book I'm rethinking my whole garden. I'll be studying every word and researching every plant in this book all winter long.
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.