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Death Comes for the Archbishop
Willa Cather
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A.S. Byatt
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Alisa Smith, J.B. MacKinnon
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Perfect...another to add to the wishlist

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

My obsession for organic/sustainable gardening began this past summer. I followed blogs where ordinary people were growing their own food/fruit and became terribly obsessed and enamored with the idea of producing my own organic veggies and fruits. One lovely blog, Sustainable Eats mentioned this book and I had to check it out. BTW, Ms. Sustainable Eats transformed her entire yard into a food producing mecca with every imaginable fruit/vegetable available to her and her family.


I am lucky enough to live in a city where the library has access to almost every book you could ever imagine in just a few clicks. I was able to check out all of her recommendations including this one. I renewed the book the maximum number of times and compiled lists of plants to try and grow. Inspired, I bought two kiwi vines (yes, you can grow your own kiwis!) and will wait for spring to see how we will do.


If you are a casual fruit grower or a little bit nutty and obsessed, like me, then this book is definitely one for you to read. The landscaping you can create with fruit plants/trees is amazingly beautiful and serene. Much of what I fell in love with was reminiscent of an English garden aesthetic.


In this book, I learned about the art of espalier and how it allows for amazing fruiting plants to be grown in small urban spaces. I am also inspired to try new things such as pawpaws. This book proves that you can have a beautiful garden that is renewable, edible and leaves a lasting legacy.


This is on my wish list to buy.