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Robert Kourik

Robert Kourik began his career in organic landscape maintenance in 1974. Over the next four decades, he honed his horticulture-related skills by working with clients throughout the US, and has since written fourteen books on the creation of sustainable homes and gardens.

His book Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape—Naturally, originally written in 1986, has become a classic in its field, defining the genera of gardening now known as “edible landscaping,” and focusing on organic, natural, sustainable, integrated systems.

His extensive thirty-five-year-old ornamental/herbal drought- and deer-resistant garden and orchard have never been watered.

Photo Credit: Betsy Timm

    Robert's Books

    Understanding Roots

    Discover How to Make Your Garden Flourish

    Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates

    Second Edition

    Drip irrigation is the best way to help any plant flourish and survive tough times, especially short or long droughts. Pick the wrong “stuff ” and you easily can feel overwhelmed. Robert Kourik’s Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates clearly explains how to use less water yet increase the yields of vegetables and promote the growth and flowering of all plants—trees, shrubs, and container plants—in any climate, even where it rains irregularly.

    Roots Demystified

    Change Your Gardening Habits to Help Roots Thrive

    Roots Demystified explains simple solutions for growing healthy roots and, thereby, healthier plants. The book explores the subterranean part of every gardener’s world, revealing how roots really grow while correcting common errors such as where most gardeners apply water, mulch, and fertilizer or compost. This is the first and only book in print for gardeners with such an extensive number of illustrations of garden and orchard roots. The roots covered underlie lawns, prairies, shrubs, vegetables, fruit trees, and native and ornamental trees. Practical tips for how a gardener can use this information to create more abundant vegetables, better lawns, and sturdier trees and shrubs are offered with each of the 70 illustrations. Roots Demystified also describes several ways to garden without turning the soil--no-till and surface cultivation--a plus for aging baby-boomers.

    Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally

    Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally is the authoritative text on edible landscaping featuring a step-by-step guide to designing your own aesthetic yet productive environment using vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs for a combination of ornamental and culinary purposes.

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