The Edible Garden: Vegetables and Herbs; Berries; Fruit Trees, and Citrus; Organic Techniques, Pruning and More Paperback – Nov 14 2008
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About the Author
Hazel White grew up on farms in the southwest of England. After finishing undergraduate degrees in philosophy and literature at Warwick University, she studied crop agriculture at Bridgwater College Center for Land Based Studies, and then, through University of California, Berkeley, Extension, landscape architecture. She's the author of eleven gardening books published by Sunset Books and Chronicle Books. Her poetry has appeared in DENVER QUARTERLY, Tarpaulin Sky (online), Blink, and Verse. A chapbook of her poems, Richter 14, was published in 2010 by Deconstructed Artichoke Press. She lives in San Francisco with her partner and teenage son.
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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.
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