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I know that the author of this book is quite recognised but I have not found anything that I will use from that book. A few kinds of gardens - each just a summary on 2 pages ...Disappointing. I Paid quite a lot for it so for me it was a of money. No inspiriting, more inspirations you will find on internet as well as veg and fruit plans. But it could be good for you ... I was looking something to give me an ideas how to plan my back yard garden to grow food. ;( not this book unfortunately.
Let me sumarize this book so that you don't need to waste your money. If you like tomatoes you could.....plant a tomatoe garden. If you like herbs you could.......plant an herb garden. If you like asian vegetables you could..... (SURPRISE) plant an asian vegetable garden. If you like.......well you get the point. Beyond that she will list a few varieties for each type of garden (no real gardening techniques) and the story of someone who once planted each type of garden. Plus i wouldn't want to forget the junior high sketch of each garden. Totally a let down compared to Niki's excellent first book "Year Round vegetable Gardener" which i would highly recomend.
I’m very disappointed that this book was printed in China. All politics aside, the carbon footprint associated with its import is sufficient reason to have it done in the United States, never mind the economic impact it could have had on another industry undercut by foreign slave labor. The publisher should be ashamed.
I absolutely LOVE this book. What a great compliment to Niki's other book. Great for the beginning gardener as well as for someone who is rethinking how they are using the ground that they have to garden.
We have been enjoying this book, reading it in small increments and commenting to each other about what intrigued us with the more memorable designs. Even though these are short articles adapted from a variety of authors, everything harmonizes nicely. Each presentation is about 4-5 pages long and has a nice layout sketch. This is more an inspirational 'wish book' to demo what is practical, than an actual garden planner. I was surprised how many gardeners take the trouble to espalier trees as I thought that was something rather difficult, so I am heartened. Many of the gardens are small enough that you could actually create one of these every few years to add to your own diversity on your homestead. The book is inexpensive, the format makes it easy to hold and there are many interesting side notes that intrigued us to explore. We live in Zone 5 MA and plenty of the exact examples would work for us, but even if the specific recommended plants are not seasonably appropriate.to our area, that does not diminish from the value the book offers. It is inspiring to see how many 'victory gardens' everyone could plant if they replaced parts of their lawns with a nice food garden. This book would make an excellent housewarming gift, methinks.
Usually I am not into a compilation book, but this book covers 73 different views of what a 'garden' can be. After a request to my local library so I could preview this book - I bought it! Every page is interesting, every view of what a garden is (or can be) is valuable and the illustrations are great. 5 specific pages sold me on this book and reading through it again I see more useful information.