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The Edible Landscape: Creating a Beautiful and Bountiful Garden with Vegetables, Fruits and Flowersby Emily Tepe
Synopses & Reviews
Inspired by the fresh-food revolution, more and more people are growing fruits and vegetables in just about every outdoor nook and cranny, from abandoned city lots and tiny balconies to backyards and suburban boulevards. The good news is that in addition to providing a delicious and nutritious bounty—not to mention a fun and fulfilling pastime—fruit and vegetable gardening is also an opportunity to create interesting outdoor spaces overflowing with color as well as flavor.
Throughout The Edible Landscape, author Emily Tepe provides examples of how to press your gardens into double duty, from planning striking color and texture combinations to actually getting down to the business of planting, pruning, watering, repelling pests, and harvesting. Dozens of color photos are accompanied by a selection of specially created garden plans and a handy section identifying favorite plants for the edible landscape.
So banish the thought that fruits and vegetables must be grown in rigid rows and instead open up to the idea that your yard can be a feast for the stomach and the eyes.
About the AuthorAs a fruit researcher and a former exhibit designer and muralist, Emily Tepe looks at the world with both a practical and creative eye. Her appreciation for plants, design, good food, and the outdoors inspired her to bring these all together in The Edible Landscape. In 2009, she established an edible landscape demonstration garden at the University of Minnesota, which now gives students the opportunity to try their hand at this style of garden design. In addition, Emily writes about fresh garden ideas and fresh food on her blog, www.artichokesandzinnias.com
Far from sacrificing their ornamental flowers, creative gardeners can use The Edible Landscape to discover the joy of growing food in gardens overflowing with both color and flavor.
As the fresh food revolution sweeps the nation, more and more people are seeking out delicious offerings from local growers. We have had our fill of tasteless, woody tomatoes from the far reaches of the globe and have begun tasting again—thanks to farmers’ markets and co-ops—the real flavors we remember from childhood.
Inspired by these events, people have started growing food in the most unlikely places, including rooftops, abandoned parking lots, and tiny balconies and backyards on average city streets. Individuals and families are taking up the trowel and discovering that gardening can be fun, fulfilling, and, ultimately, delicious. Far from sacrificing their ornamental flowers, creative gardeners can discover the joy of growing food in beautiful, thoughtful gardens overflowing with both color and flavor.
Creating an attractive and productive garden in your small space might seem impossible, but throughout this book, you’ll see examples of some wonderful things that can be done, from interesting plant combinations to unique structures and planting beds. If you can banish the thought that vegetables and fruits must be grown in rows and open up to the idea that a tomato plant can be a striking addition to your landscape plan, The Edible Landscape will help you explore some ideas for transforming your yard into a feast for both the eyes and the table.
About the Author
Emily Tepe is a horticulturist at the University of Minnesota. Since 2009, she has been designing and maintaining edible landscape gardens at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus and blogging about the gardens at www.umediblelandscape.blogspot.com. Emily splits her time between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Moose, Wyoming.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The garden is returning home
Chapter 1: How to approach your edible landscape
Chapter 2: Success is in the details
Chapter 3: Creating the edible landscape
Chapter 4: Season of plenty
Chapter 5: Change of seasons
Chapter 6: Favorite plants for the edible landscape
Appendix: Selected plants for northern landscapes
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