April 5, 2013

Free book Friday!

Don’t think edible and adorable are a mix? Well, when you see the photos and plot plans in The Beautiful Edible Garden (Ten Speed Press) by Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner you will go absolutely nuts. The new book by the prominent SF Bay Area designers at Star + Apple Edible Gardens is packed with artful ideas.

Can’t wait? Take a peek at their Facebook page for more edible goodness.

To enter to win, just leave a comment telling us about a “beautiful edible” plant or tree you have or wish you had. Winner will be drawn, eyes closed, pinkie promise, and announced next Friday.

Speaking of winners—congrats to Nikkipolani, new owner of Everyday Roses from last week’s giveaway.



JamieK says:

I have a little peach tree that is barely hanging in there!!  This looks like a beautiful book.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 6:43 am.

Julia B says:

Flowering peach trees are beautiful.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 6:46 am.

Kathy Matthews says:

Your comment I have a beautiful cumquat tree in my front yard.  It bares so much fruit I have to give baskets away.  There are several children in the neighborhood who love the sour taste of the fruit and come by often to pick and enjoy.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 6:47 am.

Kris Vasser says:

Your comment
It’s all about sun! I wish I had the requisite 6-8 hours to grow more sun lovers - tomatoes, peppers, fruit trees…..

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 6:47 am.

Linda Genis says:

The speckled lettuce that started appearing at nurseries last year would make a beautiful addition to my garden.  I may just have to drive over to Rogers and buy some today.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 6:56 am.

Connie Beck says:

There is nothing better for inspiration than looking at pictures of beautiful edible gardens!

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 7:06 am.

Bobbi says:


We just moved into a home in November that is a blank canvas.  Almost 2 acres of nothing.  We have been focusing on creating our pens and areas for our ducks, chickens, goats, rabbits, bees, and planting our food garden.  Our next project is the front/side yards.  We plan on creating a beautiful edible yard.  So far we have started with planting grapes to be part of a living fence.  This book would be awesome to win as i’m sure it has tons of great info!  Thanks for the opportunity.  smile

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 7:30 am.

Kat White says:

Pineapple guava! Had one at my last place and just planted one at my new place. The flowers are so cute and the fruit is yummy.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 7:31 am.

Judy S. says:

I would love a Cocktail Grapefruit tree.  A friend shared some of her extras with me and I couldn’t believe how sweet and juicy they were.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 7:38 am.

Jann Cook says:

I have always wanted a fig tree and a date tree.  My dad, when he was alive, had a beautiful fig tree down in S. California, and the figs were delicious-we could eat them right off the tree when they ripened!

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 7:39 am.

SandyG says:

I often use triple curled parsley as edging in flower borders.  This year I have a new flower bed and will be planting spinach and parsley and other leafy greens on the edge for a border.  I also grow eggplants in borders since I think their flowers are some of the most beautiful in nature.  This looks like a great book to own!

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 7:42 am.

Your name Sandra Beck says:

Grape bush. Strawberries grown in containers..Flowers and roses..Tomatoes in pots..Plan on making a garden in pallets this years..

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 7:54 am.

Lisa Mertins says:

I’ve got almost every fruit tree imaginable and an almond! None of them are adorable unless in bloom.

What I miss is something I grew years ago at my Foothill Ranch home, saffron crocus! I could grow a half-acre of them!

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 8:19 am.

Valerie says:

There are a number of edibles I would like to try. The first that came to mind is fig. I love the fruit, but like the plant even more.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 8:24 am.

Kay Eutsler says:

I saw the cover of the book and fell in love, the photos are gorgeous and inviting to say the least!  I have always wanted a peach tree.  I have to admit I am a sucker for “peach cobbler”, so I can only imagine would it would taste like using fresh grown peaches from my yard!

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 8:33 am.

Janet says:

What a beautiful book! I wish I had a lime tree, especially handy when making Margaritas!

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 8:39 am.

Mavis says:

I would love to grow berries - all sorts - in my front yard.  Unless I am able to shell out $$ per week, we just can’t seem to get enough of strawberries (all varieties too) blackberries raspberries blueberries….

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 8:43 am.

Jennifer Thompson says:

I wish I had more fruit trees - we had a dying apricot and replaced it with an avocado…that we won’t get fruit from for about 8 years! Ugh. Bad planning…

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 8:44 am.

jillpatterson says:

Where do I start?  I’d love a tangerine tree, also an almond and avocado tree.  I’d like to add more herbs.  Artichokes—beautiful plants!  And strawberries!

My favorite is the yellow pear tomatoes I plant.  I get tomatoes from them for about 10 months.  They were one of the few tomatoes my mother could eat—she was allergic to most—and I continue to grow them in her memory.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 8:48 am.

Ellen says:

I wish I had a persimmon tree just like my friend’s.  In the winter the leaves fall off but the fruit stays on and it is beautiful.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 8:58 am.

Modern Mia Gardening says:

I wish we could grow fruit trees.  Maybe soon.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 9:05 am.

Diane says:

We have been trying to grow Italian Prune Plum trees with no success:(

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 9:12 am.

Sharon says:

Would love to espalier several dwarf apple trees and maybe a few other fruit trees.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 9:25 am.

Mike Tilson says:

We really enjoy our Gwen avocado tree.  It is a semi-dwarf and as such it doesn’t take up a lot of space and yet it produces on average 40-50 avocados every year.  Can you say Guacamole?

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 9:32 am.

Jill says:

We planted bluepod and golden sweet peas on our front trellis by the street. I hope they grow as pretty in real life as they do in the visions in my head. It’ll be a nice edible change from the usual clematis vine.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 9:39 am.

Deborah West says:

I love growing citrus trees. ‘Meyers Lemon’ and ‘Kumquat have intoxicating scents when they are in bloom.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 9:51 am.

Maureen says:

We just planted a blueberry bush, and are hoping to start growing more of our own food.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 10:06 am.

Your name: Melissa Rondez says:

Planted a rosemary bush next to my mailbox so that when I picked up my mail, I would always br greeted with it’s scent. Now I utilize it as an added bonus in my cooking for some savory delights.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 10:21 am.

Marianne West says:

The prettiest thing right now in my edible yard are dwarf nectarine and peach trees, planted in the middle of cabbage, parsley, lettuce and all kinds of other things. Their pink flowers are such a joy. Close second are miniature Kumquat trees. The orange jumps out and as a bonus, they are the right hight for my 18 month old grandson to pick himself…..

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 10:25 am.

Henry Nader says:

My Great Uncle had these beautiful cumquat trees that I’ve always been jealous of as most fruit bearing trees have their “ugly” or “barren” moments.  But, I’ve yet to see his trees have a bad moment.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 10:26 am.

Victoria says:

I greatly miss the avocado trees growing in the parking lot at U.C. Riverside.  My husband and I would leave his lab and head to the car, picking a couple for guacamole or BLAT sandwiches for dinner along the way.  Here in the South, they want an arm and a leg for one in the markets, so looking forward to moving back to CA and planting my own avocado trees in my yard!

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 10:28 am.

Victoria says:

I wish I had space for lots of trees.  Avo, kumquat, mango, lime, as well as lots of different berries.  My veggie garden is non existent right now so even any basic plants would be welcome, scarlet runner beans, herbs, pumpkin…sigh.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 10:47 am.

Jen Y says:

I used to keep my edibles seperate from my ornamentals but I really love the convenience & the look of growing them together. I grow herbs in my perennial beds but my asparagus patch is still out in my vegetable garden.

I’d love to win this book!

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 10:51 am.

Daisy says:

I love the arugula plant when it flowers. Dainty white flowers.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm.

Faith says:

I have moved from a house with an acre in Florida to a condo in California with just a 10ft wrap around terrace.  Miniature and dwarf fruit trees would be my pick and the idea of an espalier seems like a great space saver.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm.

Shanyn says:

I actually found our Purple Okra from last year absolutely stunning.  It’s blooms are remarkable and amazing to watch them turn into the fruit later on!

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm.

Margaret says:

My dream fruit tree is one of those apples trees with 3 different apple types grafted onto the root stock.  I would be a medium size tree -0 maybe max height of 12-15 feet; wide, and bearing different apples at different times of the year.  Ahhh, the pies you can make & the apples you can eat fresh.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm.

Vicki Boldon says:

Your comment would love for the grapefruit tree I have grown from seed could grow out doors here. In zone 4 I’m afraid that I will just have to enjoy the fragrant blossoms in doors.

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 5:07 pm.

ron says:

Sounds like this book is very edible (food for thought) yay

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm.

Karen Sala says:

I have a beautiful pear tree in our back yard,,,,, it gives us enough pears each year for the whole neighborhood,,,,,, one neighbor makes pear sauce all the time,,,,

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 6:10 pm.

Garden Goddess says:

Believe it or not, I’d really like to have a paddle cactus.  Beautiful flowers, tasty fruit and sculptural plant.  You can even eat the paddles…nopales anyone?

Posted on April 6, 2013 at 6:39 am.

Carol says:

I just love the rainbow swiss chard and purple and green cabbage woven into my landscape - they are both beautiful and sooo very edible!! and can’t be without my strawberries with their beautiful little flower and vines.  Wonderful in pots, too.

Posted on April 6, 2013 at 8:32 am.

Amy (Get Busy Gardening!) says:

This book looks amazing! I love all the color in that garden. Last year, my goal was to start growing more colorful vegetables. It turned out beautifully, and I will definitely be doing that again this year.


Posted on April 6, 2013 at 8:54 am.

nikkipolani says:

HURRAY!  I had all my fingers crossed for the Rose book wink  Thanks!

Posted on April 6, 2013 at 2:15 pm.

Abby Reynolds says:

I love edible flowers! Nasturtiums, day lilies and pansies are probably my favorites. smile

Posted on April 6, 2013 at 5:52 pm.

Jennifer B says:

Espaliered apple trees are so beautiful…have tried with no success.

Posted on April 7, 2013 at 5:57 am.

Christine W. says:

The beautiful tree I want is an elephant heart plum.  Pretty in the spring and yummy in the summer!  I tried hops but the vine didn’t flourish.  My husband just tasted his first batch of home brewed beer. Maybe I’ll try growing hops again.

Posted on April 7, 2013 at 6:24 am.

Nancy says:

I would like a tree full of juicy ripe peaches!

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 5:40 pm.

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