The Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally cover
Pages:382 pages
Book Art:Black and white photos and illustrations throughout
Size:8.25 x 11 inch
Publisher:Chelsea Green Publishing
Pub. Date:March 30, 2005
ISBN:9781856230261

Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally

Foreword by Rosalind Creasy
Illustrated by Maia Massion
Edited by Mark Kane
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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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  • Publishers Weekly-
    Kourik's color photos and Massion's art effectively illustrate a text that fulfills the title's promise. The author's advice is sound and practical although the reader may bridle at his tone at times. (Attempting a chatty informality, for example, he orders one to "find a comfortable chair and leaf through the book.") Otherwise, this is a valuable guide to the holistic approach to gardening, which relies on natural fertilizers and avoids chemicals. The author begins with suggestions for designing plots according to environment, space available, personal preferences. (The pictures prove that areas featuring vegetables, herbs, fruit- and nut-bearing trees and other edibles can be beautiful.) Kourik, who frequently appears on TV and lectures nationally, includes recipes that use the wide variety of foods featured here.

Reviews and Praise

  • Publishers Weekly-
    Kourik's color photos and Massion's art effectively illustrate a text that fulfills the title's promise. The author's advice is sound and practical although the reader may bridle at his tone at times. (Attempting a chatty informality, for example, he orders one to "find a comfortable chair and leaf through the book.") Otherwise, this is a valuable guide to the holistic approach to gardening, which relies on natural fertilizers and avoids chemicals. The author begins with suggestions for designing plots according to environment, space available, personal preferences. (The pictures prove that areas featuring vegetables, herbs, fruit- and nut-bearing trees and other edibles can be beautiful.) Kourik, who frequently appears on TV and lectures nationally, includes recipes that use the wide variety of foods featured here.


About Robert Kourik

During the 1976 California drought, Robert started one of the first organic garden-maintenance businesses in the country. Taking to heart lessons administered with great enthusiasm by the School of Hard Knocks, he progressed into landscape design.

Over a 40-year period, focusing primarily on horticultural methods known variously as organic, natural, appropriate, sustainable, integrated-system and permaculture, Robert learned numerous growing, design, and maintenance skills from the inside out by working with clients throughout California and the rest of the US. He’s been sharing that knowledge in books since 1986.

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