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Landscaping with Fruit: Strawberry ground covers, blueberry hedges, grape arbors, and 39 other luscious fruits to make your yard an edible paradise.

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  165 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Discover the joy of homegrown apples, fresh-picked cherries, and dozens of other fruits with this definitive guide to creating a more delicious backyard! Lee Reich shows you how to grow temperate-zone fruit at home, from site analysis and climate assessment through plant selection, pest control, pruning, and harvesting. A plant-by-plant guide recommends 39 palate-pleasing ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 4th 2009 by Storey Publishing, LLC (first published February 1st 2009)
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Oct 19, 2011 Miss rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book -- lots of concise information, full colour photographs, innovative design ideas and a variety of suggestions that include the use of new plants and established plants.

I hope to be able to incorporate more fruit shrubs and trees into my yard next season -- to increase privacy and a local food source that I KNOW is organic (as much as that's possible in this world of contaminants).

Jen S.
Jan 03, 2011 Jen S. rated it really liked it
A very fine book, but with some bizarre omissions-- doesn't everybody love raspberries? And I'd love more information on growing elderberries.
Mar 14, 2010 jess rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, growing
This book opens with the premise that plants are not divided into the categories of "looking nice" and "feeding us." There is a lot of overlap between plants that dress up your landscaping and also feed you (or could, potentially feed you, in some capacity). So I agree with that. While having conventionally beautiful landscaping has never been a priority to me, it is nice to think about permanent use of attractive edible plants in our yard, now that we own a house. And if it looks nicer than the ...more
May 23, 2015 January rated it liked it
Shelves: skills, gardening
I have an older home with mature plantings which I'd like to add to, and in some case replace with edibles. I picked this up looking for photos of edibles in the landscape, grouped with other plants, ornamentals or edibles, and maybe some info on which edibles are good for different uses (hedges, ground covers, etc).

What I got was a book divided into three parts. Part 1 is gardening 101. While I did glean some interesting tidbits here, I'm an experienced gardener and don't need yet another expl
Jun 24, 2011 Blakely rated it it was amazing
Along with "Edible Landscaping", I highly recommend this for fruit/vegetable gardeners who want to maintain an attractive yard. This book gives several great ideas, many of which I plan on incorporating in my house over the next few years.

While "Edible Landscaping" is somewhat better than this book - only because it is bigger, includes vegetables, and has more photos - this is definitely worth reading. I originally borrowed this from the library but plan on purchasing it and adding it to my coll
Sep 10, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: agriculture
Not as detailed on the how-tos of maintaining fruit plantings as something like Organic Orcharding, this book at least brings to the forefront the beautiful utility of many perennial fruits and shares ideas on how to incorporate them into an edible landscape. Part permaculture, part luscious wish list, this could be a useful reference tool for those wanting to vary their home-based agriculture.
Jan 07, 2012 Alison rated it it was amazing
An edible yard need not be ugly, and a yard does not need to be huge to incorporate fruit into it. There is a special beauty found in plants that can also feed us, and fruits give to us year after year. The book is packed with good information and beautiful gardens, and some landscape plans that incorporate fruits into regular plantings. It made me want to build a pergola and coat it with beautiful grape vines... and hopefully I will someday. A great Christmas gift from my husband!
Jul 25, 2013 Darlene rated it it was amazing
Need to get me a personal copy - easily read and very informative as all Lee Reich's books on fruit are. If I want to read something about gardening with Fruit, I start with Lee Reich's books. Just got me a personal copy!
Jun 24, 2009 Sally rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardening, skimmed
My mom summed this up in one word: ambitious. It is a thorough reference to types of various fruit plants, shrubs, vines and trees; growing information, etc. But it's not for the cash-challenged or weekend-gardener.

It felt good to read, heavy, glossy paper. And indexed. ;)
Aja Marsh
picked up this book on a stoop before leaving brooklyn and finally just gave it a general read-through. the information is well organized and clear and includes good resources. i felt like i learned a lot and had a good feeling for what might work in my garden in santa fe!
Nov 02, 2014 Diana rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
This book was very informative and would be a great reference guide. It was not the easiest book to read front to back. It did give me a lot of ideas for our yard though. Something I will probably check out again when needed.
Annette McIntyre
Mar 17, 2015 Annette McIntyre rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone intrested in landscaping with food plants
Very helpful book on what sorts of trees, shrubs and groundcovers you can plant for beauty and tasty food.
Sep 22, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardening, wishlist
Really liked the plant profiles...very detailed info on different variets. Inspired me to try things outside the norm....for 2013 I hope to plant: sea buckthorn, hardy kiwi, and currants.
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Lee Reich, PhD is an avid farmdener (more than a gardener, less than a farmer) with graduate degrees in soil science and horticulture. After working in plant and soil research with the USDA and Cornell University, he shifted gears and turned to writing, lecturing, and consulting.

He writes regularly for a number of gardening magazines and his syndicated gardening column for Associated Press appears
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