UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all of you for your wonderful comments, and congratulations to the winner Heather.
This month I’m excited to give away a brand new copy of Rosalind Creasy’s terrific book, Edible Landscaping: Now You Can Have Your Gorgeous Garden and Eat It Too! ( Counterpoint Press, $44.95). Rosalind is a landscape designer, garden writer and photographer, and she is considered by many to be the leading authority on landscaping with food plants.
Rosalind’s 410-page book is full of great design ideas, practical growing advice, helpful illustrations, garden layouts, gorgeous photos, plant combination tips, and resources for buying plants and seeds. I get so much inspiration from the beautiful gardens she shares that show climbing bean plants, frilly rhubarb, squat cabbages, colorful cherry tomatoes and other food plants happily growing with flowers, shrubs and ornamentals.
She begins with an overview of the evolution of traditional landscaping, and lays out a new vision for creating beautiful garden spaces with edible food plants. Next, she covers the basics of laying the groundwork for a successful food garden, including soil amendments and hardscaping considerations. Planning and design basics are followed by chapters with specific advice for adding herbs, vegetables, fruits, berries and nuts to your garden, including tips for small spaces.
The second half of the book is a huge compendium of edible plant varieties, with so much great information: buying and growing tips, how to use the produce in cooking, and even a numeric “Effort Scale” to help lazy gardeners like me figure out if we can devote the time to proper growing.
This book is an inspiring addition to any gardener’s library. If you’d like to enter to win your own copy, just leave a comment on this page and reply to this question:
When it comes to enjoying fresh summer produce, what’s your favorite fruit, veggie, berry or herb?
The giveaway is open to anyone with a U.S. shipping address, and will run through next Wednesday, May 22 at midnight MST. I’ll use Random.org to draw the lucky winner’s name on May 23rd.
BIG thanks to Counterpoint Press for providing the book for this giveaway, and good luck!