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Groundbreaking Food Gardens [Paperback]

Niki Jabbour
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15 April 2014
Niki Jabbour has collected 73 groundbreaking food garden plans from some of her favourite gardener superstars, including Amy Stewart, Amanda Thomsen, Barbara Pleasant, Jeff Lowenfels, Dave Dewitt, and Jessi Bloom. Each plan is illustrated and includes a profile of the contributor, the inspiration behind the design, and a plant list so readers can easily grow these themed gardens themselves.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing (15 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161212061X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612120614
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 20.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 440,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Have not found it any useful 4 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You too can garden! 29 April 2014
By E. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm always happy to see examples of people who defy the odds. Author Nikki Jabbour lives in Canada and gardens year round... she's like a young Eliot Coleman. And then I think of Ruth Stout, who didn't garden all season-long but was also an organic farmer who shared her weed-free and pro-mulching techniques in Gardening Without Work: For the Aging, the Busy, and the Indolent. This book is great because it compiles 73 similarly inspiring, you-can-do-it stories into one attractive book (although, not with much depth). Bottom-line, you can garden anywhere and anytime.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What gardeners dream of... 16 Mar 2014
By dyjung - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In the winter when not much is growing, food gardeners are reflecting on the previous season's harvest, poring through seed catalogs and dreaming of the perfect garden. Niki Jabbour gives us 73 tempting garden plans by experienced gardeners and horticulturalists that cover a variety of growing conditions. Each profile features a sidebar that lists the key features of each garden. Dimensions of each garden is listed as well as the cultivars and varieties. Each profile includes a labeled illustration of the plot. Highly recommended for public libraries.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book with tons of ideas! 26 April 2014
By Kent H. Kamp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book had great variety of gardens to learn from. I loved reading about all of the different types of gardens that she studied and brought to the reader lessons to learn from. It is good for any climate since it shares so many, any style, any taste, and any objective. I learned so much from reading it! And it's beautiful too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Info for Varied Climates 15 April 2014
By A. Farmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a compendium of essays and plans from great horticulturist writing about the reality of growing fruit trees, fruit bushes, vegetables and even nuts in many different climates. Full disclosure, I'm one of them. The book covers such a range and has such personalized information from professionals that it's great for me (a professional) as well as novices. For me, it's like trading plant details and secrets and making comparisons with other gardeners..."this plant does this in my climate" which we do all the time, but rarely get to do at home, relaxed with time to savor the details as I did with Groundbreaking Food Gardens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Garden Plans 25 Mar 2014
By Stephanie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is filled with working garden plans for people who want to grow food gardens in any environment. Organized by the type and amount of space that you have to garden in, anyone can find a garden plans that meets their needs. Each garden plan is also created by a different contributors, so you are getting 73 different points of view.

Each garden plan is formatted simply with a list of plants and an easy to understand garden map that includes dimensions and a little information about each plant. I enjoyed the Urban Culinary Herb Garden which can be grown in small spaces and used by anyone. the American Potager garden which encourages you to grow food to eat year round, Eat Your Yard which helps turn lawns into food, Chili Lovers Garden shows good varieties for heat lovers, Front-Yard Foraging encourages native landscaping with food, Wildlife-Friendly Garden encouraging beneficial plants to animals as well as humans, Edible Cutting Garden a stylish and yummy garden for a front lawn and Fall and Winter Vegetables encouraging growing all year long.

Great for anyone looking for a place to start with garden planning.

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