Robert Kourik on edible and sustainable landscaping – Kenwood Press News

Would you like to learn how to design and manage an edible landscape or a healthy “forest garden”? Do you want to uncover the truth (or the fiction) of many current myths about environmentally sustainable landscaping? If so, you’ll find it in Robert Kourik’s new book, Sustainable Food Gardening.

In Sustainable Food Gardening, Kourik explains how to design an efficient edible landscape.

The book also explains how to maintain a variety of healthy plants that will allow you to:

make the most of sunlight and water;

use direct seeding techniques to preserve the integrity of your soil;

cultivate new types of beautiful and productive Victory gardens;

understand the limits of planting “guilds”;

cultivate “Three Sisters” Native American gardens that actually work;

learn about 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 a lot of food.

Kourik installed his first edible landscape in 1978 and has over 40 years of first-hand experience in sustainable horticulture. All of his writing was geared towards sustainability long before the term became popular.

Kourik began his career designing and maintaining natural landscapes in 1974, at a time when there were no practical granular organic fertilizers for lawns, no concrete guidelines for pesticide-free gardens, and no drip irrigation equipment. He started one of the country’s first organic landscaping maintenance companies. “It was a real learning” on the sly “in the field of organic gardening,” according to Kourik.

Because there was a severe drought in Northern California in 1973-1976, he mulched all of his clients’ gardens (believe it or not, hardly anyone mulched their gardens back then) , built children’s playgrounds, built gray water systems, built a large cistern, incorporated green manure and compost into the gardens (both unheard of in the suburbs at the time) , installed countless brick patios and pruned plants in an attempt to conserve moisture. Kourik said “it didn’t work”. He continued all these efforts while trying to survive financially.

In 1986 he wrote a book on edible landscaping that became a classic in his field, helping to define the genre of gardening now known as “edible landscaping”. It is precisely because of a lack of college training in horticulture that allowed him to consider a whole new interdisciplinary approach to landscaping.

Kourik has written 18 other books on a variety of gardening topics, many of which are considered classics in their fields.

This book is abundantly filled with 486 pages and 453 photos, drawings, graphics and color illustrations. Kourik’s new book is available at or at

Robert Kourik, author of Sustainable Food Gardening and 18 other books on various gardening topics. Source: Robert Kourik

Terri S. Tomasini