Landscaping with Fruit
No need to ask yourself this question: do I garden for beauty or garden for food, you can do both. Lee Reich’s recent book, Landscaping with Fruit from Storey Publishing shows you how to have a great looking yard and eat it too.
The subtitle of this guide gives an indication of what waits inside; “Strawberry groundcovers, blueberry hedges, grape arbors and 39 other luscious fruits to make your yard an edible paradise.”
A guide Reich’s book is indeed, a guide that shows you how to use tasty and easy to grow fruit trees, shrubs and vines to landscape your property.
The first section of the book concerns itself with landscaping from design basics to useable landscape plans. The reader will learn about plants as design elements, climate assessment, plant selection and view specific landscape designs such as A Child’s Garden.
The second half of the book features the fruiting landscaping plants and is complete with photographs and all the information a gardener needs to determine if a particular plant is suitable for his or her site.
On page 66 is a design that I am giving a close look, it is a potential design for my current backyard. The design, A Modular Backyard, would require me to select other plants as this one is meant for a Zone 8 site and I am in a Zone 4 but the plan on page 67 comes very close to matching my property. This gives me the visual and mental stimulation to work up my own plan.
The book is aimed at gardeners who live in a temperate location that is regions that have a distinct summer and winter seasons.
Reich estimates the yield each plant will provide but adds this proviso, “the yields are averages which are usually gleaned from what’s been reaped when fruits were grown strictly for their fruits…” p. 67.
If you want to grow yoru own food but also have a yard that is great to look at then this is a book you will want to read. Take a trip to your local public library to see if they have a copy or if they can get you one on an inter-library loan. If that is not an option check a local bookstore and spent time going through the book before buying if you like what you see buy a copy.
However, if you are serious about edible landscaping and live in a temperate zone then this book is a sound investment.