Robert Kourik on edible, sustainable landscaping
Would you like to learn how to design and manage a healthy edible landscape or “forest garden?” Do you want to learn the truth (or fiction) of many current myths about environmentally-sustainable landscape design? If so, you will find it in Robert Kourik’s new book, Sustainable Food Gardening.
In Sustainable Food Gardening, Kourik explains how to design an effective edible landscape.
The book also explains how to maintain a healthy variety of plants that will allow you to:
make the best use of sunlight and water;
use no-till techniques to preserve the integrity of your soil;
grow new kinds of beautiful and productive Victory gardens;
understand the limits of planting “guilds”;
grow Native American “Three-Sisters” gardens that actually work;
learn the many myths about roots, and what to do to help them thrive;
attract many beneficial insects to your garden with flower plantings and;
Have fun in your garden while growing lots of food.
Kourik installed his first edible landscape in 1978 and has 40-plus years of first-hand experience in sustainable horticulture. All of his writings were oriented toward sustainability long before the term became popular.
Kourik began his career in natural landscape design and maintenance in 1974, a time when there were no convenient pelletized organic fertilizers for lawns, no concrete guidelines for pesticide-free gardens and no drip irrigation hardware. He started one of the first organic landscapemaintenance companies in the country. “It was true “seat-ofthe- pants” learning in the field of organic gardening,” according to Kourik.
Because there was a serious Northern California drought in 1973-1976, he mulched all of his client’s yards (believe it or not virtually nobody mulched their gardens then), built children’s playgrounds, built graywater systems, built a large cistern, incorporated green manures and compost into gardens (both unheard of in the suburbs at the time), installed countless brick patios, and pruned back plants in an attempt to conserve moisture. Kourik stated “it didn’t work” . He pursued all of these efforts while trying to survive financially.
In 1986, he wrote a book on edible landscaping that has become a classic in its field, helping to define the genre of gardening now known as “edible landscaping.” It’s precisely because of a lack of college training in horticulture that enabled him to envision an entirely new interdisciplinary approach to landscape design.
Kourik has written 18 other books on a variety of gardening topics, many of which are considered classics in their field.
This book is lavishly filled with 486 pages and 453 color photos, drawings, charts, and illustrations. Kourik’s new book is available at robertkourik.com or at amazon.com.