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What do you think of Robert Kourik's "Designing and Maintaining your Edible Landscape Naturally"?  RSS feed

 
Pamela Melcher
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What is your opinion of Robert Kourik's book, Designing and Maintaining your Edible Landscape Naturally?

It is on sale by the publisher, Chelsea Green, until May 31. For further information:

http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/item/designing_and_maintaining_your_edible_landscape_naturally:paperback/

I ask because I am wondering if it would be useful to add to my books at this time.

We are beginning to put in a permaculture food forest on our 1/4 acre lot in outer SE Portland, Oregon.

I would like to teach others to do this.

I learn best by hearing a lot of different people's approaches. This also frees me to think more creatively on the subject. I can teach better by hearing many ways to express similar ideas, to suit different people.

I have not taken a permaculture design course, because I am mostly interested in the food growing aspects and have to economize.

I have many years of experience with gardening and permaculture, and feel I have only scratched the surface.

I already own Dave Jacke's Edible Forest Gardens. Vols 1 and 2, and Martin Crawford's Creating a Forest Garden and Eric Toensmeier's Perennial Vegetables.

Thank you for sharing your insights.

Happiness, Health, Peace and Abundance for All!

Pamela Melcher
 
                              
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Sorry my response is a year late for the sale! Kourik's book is one you must own! It is full of very informative scientifically based and field tested info. No fluf! Every time I re-read it I learn something new and i have owned it for over 20 years! It is stiill relevant! Check out his blog too! His book is more info and less opinion than his blog, but both are valuable. If you buy just one more book this should be the one!
 
Pamela Melcher
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Forest,

Thank you for your reply. I went ahead and bought the book last year and I have been absolutely delighted with it, for the exact reasons you are.

I am spreading the word and have shown it to others interested in permaculture.

Happy gardening. Many Thanks and Many Blessings,

Pamela
 
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on order this week from library..can't wait to try it
 
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Good, Brenda.

I think you will love it and learn a lot from it.

I am happy if any of my comments may have helped you as I have learned so much from you.

Blessings

 
Brenda Groth
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thanks Pam..just finished reading it this morning..I enjoyed it..hard to put down. It wasn't exactly a permie book but he does talk about permaculture in the book and also organic, biodynamic, french intensive..etc..explores the ups and downs of all the different types of gardens and shows a lot of test results and offers a great number of book references.

I did take several notes and found that I learned a few new things. Gave a lot of good information on plants to use as mulch and dynamic accumulators (other books do also)..

I suggest borrowing it from the libraray..was disappointed that the color photos were haveing to be gotten online ..not printed in book...i haven't bothered to look them up yet..but will.

One thing he mentioned that our neighbor could have used to save a tree that they lost....plant the tree with the graft curve into the wind..to prevent the weight of the fruit breaking the tree (our neighbors lost a fully loaded baby apple tree at the graft..probably planted wrong..) I'll make sure I do that with the half dozen baby fruit trees coming in 2 weeks.
 
It will give me the powers of the gods. Not bad for a tiny ad:
Roots Demystified by Robert Kourik
https://permies.com/wiki/39095/digital-market/digital-market/Roots-Demystified-Robert-Kourik
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