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Robert Kourik

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 Roots Demystified. He lives in Occidental, California.

    Robert's Books

    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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