Edible Landscaping: Home Landscaping with Food-Bearing Plants and Resource-Saving Techniques

Edible Landscaping: Home Landscaping with Food-Bearing Plants and Resource-Saving Techniques




This comprehensive, feature-packed book shows how you can create more beauty around your home, grow delicious healthful produce, and save money and natural resources all at the same time—by landscaping with edible plants.
Author Rosalind Creasy, a landscape designer and leading authority on edible landscaping, provides all the information necessary to plan, plant, and maintain ornamental edible landscapes, with specific designs for all geographic and climatic regions of the country. Drawing on years of research into the most decorative and flavorful species—from the exotic water chestnut to the ever-popular apple—Creasy shows how edibles can form the basis for a beautiful home landscape or can be integrated with traditional ornamentals. An outstanding feature is the 160-page "Encyclopedia of Edibles"—a book in itself—which alphabetically lists more than 120 edible species, with detailed horticultural information, landscaping and culinary uses, seed sources, and recipes. Other valuable features include an abundance of how-to illustrations, photographs, and landscape diagrams designed for beginners and experts alike, plus a list of mail-order nurseries, a climate zone map, and extensive appendices.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780871562784
Publisher: Sierra Club Books
Publication date: 06/12/1982
Pages: 394
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rosalind Creasy is a landscape designer and leading authority on edible landscaping. She is the author of numerous books on gardening and is a three-time recipient of the Garden Writers of America's Best Book of the Year award. She has written for Horticulture, Organic Gardening, Family Circle, and many other publications. She lives in Los Altos, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Welcome to the Edible Landscape1
Part 1Foodscaping and How to Do It5
Chapter 1The Joy of Edibles7
Food Without Chemicals8
How Safe Are Pesticides?
Growth Regulators
The Problem of Testing
The Money Motive10
How Much Time Do You Have?
How Much Space Do You Have?
Will You Preserve Your Produce?
Will You Compost?
What Will Your Water Costs Be?
Selecting Plants for Savings
The Pleasure Factor13
Chapter 2Landscaping for a Small Planet15
Water Conservation16
Energy Conservation18
Saving Household Energy
Solar Energy
Agricultural Energy Use
The Untouched-by-Human-Hands Tomato
Energy-Conserving Landscaping Practices
Soil Conservation20
Organic Matter
Soil Contamination and the Chemical Question21
Lead Pollution
Gardening Without Chemicals26
Chapter 3The Evolution of Landscaping29
A Brief History of Landscape Gardening30
In Ancient Times
The Medieval Era
The Renaissance
The Rise of the Pastoral Landscape
The Victorian Period
Twentieth-Century Styles
Aesthetic Considerations34
Design Elements
Levels of Formality
Design Principles
Surrounding Areas
The Total Effect
Landscaping Styles for a Resource-Conscious Age38
For the Homeowner
For the Planet
Natural Gardens
Chapter 4Laying the Groundwork43
Putting It on Paper44
Analysis and Troubleshooting47
Soil Types
Soil Problems
Exposure and Wind Direction
Unusual Features
Health of Existing Plants
Adjacent Areas
Planning for Utility and Enjoyment49
Time and Effort Requirements
Working Out Your Budget
Zoning Restrictions
Environmental Planning51
Landscaping for Climate Control
Resource Conservation
Elements of the Landscape: Structures56
Recycled Materials
Surface Areas
Patio Covers
Arbors and Gazebos
Containers and Planter Boxes
Fences and Walls
Elements of the Landscape: Plant Materials63
Some Common Poisonous Ornamentals
Criteria for Plant Selection
Choosing Edibles
Chapter 5Designing with Edibles73
Choosing a Design: A Test Case73
Carrying Out the Design
Design Styles and Techiques78
The Espalier
Decorative Techniques for Annual Vegetables
Shrub Borders Containing Edibles
Perennial Borders Containing Edibles
Hobby Gardens
Edibles in Containers
Parts of the Property: Regional Treatments96
Patio Areas
Chapter 6Small-Area Landscaping111
Designing the Small Garden111
The Illusion of Space
Small-Garden Problems
Training Techniques
Energy-Saving Techniques
Subdivision Yards
Container Gardening117
A Condominium Container Garden
Special Requirements
Plants for Hanging Baskets
Composting in Small Areas119
Intensive Gardening120
Preparing the Bed
Planting the Double-Dug Bed
Edible Plants for the Small Garden123
Chapter 7Planting and Maintenance129
Seeding and Planting129
Preparing the Soil
Starting From Seed
Planting Annuals
Planting Trees and Shrubs
Maintaining the Edible Landscape132
Plant Nutrients
Maintaining a Lawn
Hand Tools
Recommended Garden Tools and Equipment
Weeds, Pests, and Other Problems146
Weed Control
Pest Control
A Pheromone Trap for Codling Moths
Disease Control
How to Use Soil Solarization
Problems with Wildlife
Part 2An Encyclopedia of Edibles169
Introduction to the Encyclopedia171
Encyclopedia Entries179
Part 3Resources and References335
Appendix AA Comprehensive Checklist of Edible Species337
Appendix BSources of Plants and Other Supplies352
How to Obtain Plant Materials352
Sharing and Saving
Horticultural Organizations and Seed Exchanges
State Forestry and Agricultural Departments
Cut-Rate Plants
A Word About Nurseries
Local Retail Nurseries
Mail-Order Nurseries
Sources of Edible Plants354
Sources of Nonedible Plants359
Suppliers of Nonplant Material360
Appendix CSources of Information361
Glossary of Technical Terms363
Annotated Bibliography365
General Information365
Landscaping Information366
Information on Edible Plants367
Recipes and Food Preserving369
Wildflower and Native Plant Information369
Supplementary Reference Material370

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Edible Landscaping: Home Landscaping with Food-Bearing Plants and Resource-Saving Techniques 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
haiku.tx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not a light read. Thick with information and listing plenty of sources for more, I went straight home from the library (once they made me give it back) and put it on my wish list. The encyclopedia of plants is, on its own, worth every penny this one will cost you. If you plan to garden, get this book, don't just borrow it. Each of the plants in the encyclopedia is labeled with a labor scale rating to help you determine how difficult it is, as well as information on how to plant, grow, maintain, harvest, preserve, and use it in the kitchen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very direct in stating what will work where. She not only shows food uses, but incorporates each plant's usefulness as a decorative item for yard or garden.