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Maximize Your Soil, Minimize Your Toil
In this lively and inspiring book, veteran horticulturalist Robert Kourik (aka “Bob”) unfolds his manifesto of “Inspired Laziness”—using efficiency and forethought to create gardens and landscapes with a lot less work and a lot more enjoyment.
By following Kourik's relaxed and readable guidance, both beginning and accomplished gardeners will discover how to save time and money, enrich their soil, increase their yields, and reduce their effort, all while absorbing “Bob’s” philosophy of kicking back and growing more good times.
Drawing on over four decades of immersing himself in horticultural work (and writing about it), Robert shares his hard-won secrets for the easiest planning, planting, cultivating, landscaping, irrigating, de-pestifying, and finding enjoyment in settings ranging from window-box herbs to showy ornamental plantings to the now-classic “edible landscape.”
In Lazy-Ass Gardening, you’ll learn how to:
• Ease into gardening, if you’re a newbie.
• Figure out which edibles to raise, with a careful selection of the most care-free varieties and tips for easy growing.
• Lay out your garden to balance effective growing area with space for enjoyment, relaxation, and play.
Grow more, stress less.
- Cultivate creatively to grow your own nutrients and build healthy self-sustaining (no-till) soil for the future.
- Attract the best pollinating insects and deter hungry pests.
- Plan your “hardscape” (paths, patios, arbors, etc.), for an easy-care (and more fun) aspect of your yard or garden.
- Choose the right plants for your landscape, climate, soil, and water supply, not to mention your aesthetic and nutritional needs.
- Learn how to develop a personal garden that manifests your own eccentricities.
Click here to peruse sample pages. Be prepared to be impressed and entertained.
Praise From Farmer Fred
A survey a few years ago by the Garden Writers Association of America uncovered that gardeners in our country want to spend less time working in the yard. On average, a homeowner want to spend no more than an hour per week tending to their outdoor spaces. How to accomplish that? Eliminate, elevate, automate. Those are garden words to live by. Get rid of troublesome plants, and perhaps add a permanent patio and pathways.
Large lawns are a major outdoor labor time suck. Raised beds solve a lot of garden problems, such as slow-draining soil. Drip irrigation systems, combined with a “smart” irrigation control system, goes a long way to freeing up your day for other pursuits. Those, and other time-and-labor saving strategies are emphasized and explained in Robert Kourik’s latest book, “Lazy-Ass Gardening”. In this book, Kourik emphasizes how you can save yourself a lot of time and grief by employing some common sense strategies.
One of my favorites: walk through your neighborhood and note which plants are successful. Nothing wrong with copying a good idea! There’s nothing “lazy” about planning out a functional, easy to maintain garden. That’s smart landscaping! Robert Kourik’s “Lazy Ass Gardening” will show you how.
Fred Hoffman, producer/host, "KFBK Garden Show", 93.1 FM/1530 AM KFBK-Sacramento Sundays, 8-10am
"Get Growing with Farmer Fred", Talk650-KSTE Sacramento, Sundays, 10am-Noon.
The KSTE Farm Hour, Noon-1pm on Sundays.
Garden columnist, Lodi News-Sentinel.
The Lazy Ass Gardening book is packed with so many clever, economical, and ecological resources and ideas that are guaranteed to raise the horticultural IQ of both novice and experienced gardeners alike!
Graphics are clear and understandable aids helping readers de-mystify planning, planting, pruning, irrigation, soil building, and plant root growth.
It’s a pleasure to find a book so chock-full with nuggets of practical and fascinating tips and techniques presented with a feeling that you’re conversing with your smartest, most laid back longtime gardening friend and guru. Highly recommended!
Chip Tynan, Missouri Botanical Garden, Horticulture Answer Service, Kemper Center for Home Gardening
You gotta love an author who calls deer “The ubiquitous ungulates” and whose sage advice for gardeners on the Left Coast is: “If you have gophers, move.” He is also a devoted fan of Monty Python. Reason enough to have this book on your shelf, right there. But wait; there’s more! Bob has filled the book with lots of easy-to-follow advice for beginners and an astounding amount of “I did not know that” info for grizzled veterans of the garden wars. (I’ll never look at Nitrogen fixing legumes the same way again!)
It’s a great resource, a fun read; and yes, could save you quite a bit of work.
Mike McGrath, host of Public Broadcasting’s “You Bet Your Garden”; Garden Editor for WTOP Newsradio in Washington, DC; former Editor-in-Chief of ORGANIC GARDENING magazine; and grower of way too many tomatoes…. www.youbetyourgarden.org