Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Metropolis Books; 2 edition (April 30, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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I'm very much on board with the program and have a considerable garden in my front yard -- even though it could be in the back. I am growing peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, sunflowers, melons, squash, and herbs in my front yard on both sides of the sidewalk and in front of my house. It's a big deal. So count me in as a true believer.But this is a picture book, and it seemed like it was little more than a stunt. Dull lawns became transformed into massive, gorgeous gardens with the flip of a page. The pictures were inspiring and beautiful. But most gardens in most parts of North America look pretty shabby much of the year. And producing the kinds of gardens in this book in a single season must have been a tremendously labor- and cost-intensive project. I was hoping for a bit more how-to for the person who may not have a landscaping team with a backhoe and unlimited access to productive soil. How to design a garden to look okay in the off-season, how to take advantage of certain kinds of plants for certain kinds of nooks and crannies, how to transform a lawn into produce at the scale of time/effort/money that the average person can afford. How to think about runoff. How to start.This book is inspirational, but I fear those beautiful yards will cause a lot of disappointment come October, and I wonder how many of those gardens will still be around and that productive a few years from now. I hope I'm wrong but I suspect: not many.
I wish I'd read Fritz Haeg's 'Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn, 2nd Revised Edition' before I planted my first vegetable garden. Then, I might have been brave enough to locate the garden on my front lawn (the only spot that gets full-day sun), instead of the less-ideal side yard. I was worried that a front yard garden might look too weird to the neighbors. Not any more! The essays, case studies and beautiful photographs have inspired me to begin planning a new vegetable garden smack in the center of my front yard. Not only will my new garden be beautiful and tasty, but it will also help build community in my suburban NJ neighborhood.I highly recommend this book if:* You're considering a new vegetable garden or any front yard garden; and* You're already an experienced gardenerIt's not a a basic 'how to garden' primer, but there are plenty of other books on that topic.Now, I'm in the 'design' phase. But I'm eagerly anticipating spring to break ground and start planting!
This is a well organized book. Very well done, however I was a bit disappointed that there was not a project in the South East.We live in South Carolina and there was no demonstration project nearby. The concepts were very well developed and presented. Kudos for the photography which was excellent.
Great ideas, great book pointing the way to great transformations of our bland American yards, our misshapen evergreen landscaping huddling up by foundations, hemmed in by the expanse of lawn desert. My HOA will probably "get it" in 25 to 50 years. Or not. By that time we'll be a museum piece for that bland '70s suburban look.For everyone else, YES! ATTACK THE FRONT LAWN!
This should inspire you to do something yourself in your neighborhood. Most of the book is case histories of lawns converted to edible landscaping, usually written by the homeowner who did it. The examples cover a wide range of options. The concept of a garden as installation art was new to me.
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