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If you're a gardener who likes to grow food, and who likes to check out other people's gardens, then you're going to love this book. Lots of plans, feels like you get to tour your grandiose neighbour's beautifully planned out food garden. Gives all sorts of ideas of plants, layouts, combinations, and themes for gardens. For me, it's a nice way to dream and escape the winter blues while I wait for the next gardening season to come around... the book can just be dipped into and opened at random, so that I can explore a garden or several, every time I feel like I need a gardening fix.
This is the first gardening book of it's kind. 73 different perspectives on how to produce your own food no matter where you live or how much land you have. The author has a small paragraph on each contributor, along with their web site, so you can follow up and find even more information. The illustrations are very well done and the narrative concise and to the point. I would have paid triple for this book. The quality of this publication is top notch.
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.