In this book, Michael Judd showcases how to move from a yard full of inedible grass to a space loaded with food. Readers can follow along with the aid of hundreds of color photographs and practical designs. Just like Michael says in the book's subtitle, 'You Can Have Your Yard and Eat it Too.'
Great, a climate close to my own. I'm having real difficulty imagining good designs for an east coast, suburban garden. My wife keeps yelling at me because it's not cute. Basic ideas, but those typically are the biggest epiphanies. Have you found a solid source for the hard to find seeds like comfrey or chicory?
So...I have been thinking about whether to give this book 9 or 10 acorns all day. I wanted to give it 10 because I honestly cannot find anything wrong with it, BUT I also just feel like 10 is the unattainable number that no book can actually get.. Anyway, back to the review. This book was absolutely phenomenal. I am going to break my review up into two different parts. Aesthetics and Content.
As much as I'd like to think that the content of a book is the most important part, sometimes I think that aesthetics play an almost equal role. This book is beautifully put together with nice quality shiny pages that have tons of amazing pictures. The pictures play a HUGE part in this book because they make so many of the 'how to' parts SO easy to understand. The animations are cute and often quite humorous! Even though the pages are really nice quality, Michael makes a point at the beginning of the book that this book is supposed to and meant to get dirty and used in the garden and it better not get left on the coffee table and I loved that! I have already drug my copy out to my backyard to start planning.
For the content, boy where do I start? This book is PERFECT for someone trying to transform their backyard into a permaculture food forest and even more perfect for someone who hasn't even started yet, like me. He goes over herb spirals, rainwater harvesting, fungi, food forests, uncommon fruit, hugelkultur, and earthen ovens. And honestly, he convinced me that I could do each and every one of those things without a doubt. I know some of these processes are not THAT easy but he really explained them so simply that it gave me confidence to ACTUALLY try these things instead of just read about them. I seriously cannot wait to use this to revamp my backyard next spring.
Another thing I think is worth noting is how fun this guy is. He writes with such energy and humor that it makes reading this book so easy and entertaining. I loved it and one hundred percent reccomend it to anyone, especially those in more urban or suburban settings.
This book kept me interested the entire time. The varied types of odd fruits and nuts is awesome. Some of which I had as a child and have not had since.
Fungi was totally new to me. I was unaware of the ease in which it is to grow your own.this book gives you great info as well as resources to get the starting spores and equipment.
Uncommon fruits is another area this book nailed home for me. We have persimmons on our property, and love them. However it's been long ago since I have had a gooseberry pie.
Mr. Judd also gives you a few recipes for the excesses of fruit you will produce.
Overall I was very impressed with the simplicity of the book, and how it was in a tone which I can understand and with all the resources to find where to get everything he talked about, and free recipes to boot!
HOW timely - we have been talking about putting some swales on our sloped yard, and love the chapter on rainwater harvesting!
Zone 5b, dry, high desert in New Mexico 7500' elevation
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