Description - The Creative Vegetable Gardener: 60 Ways to Cultivate Joy, Playfulness, and Beauty along with a Bounty of Food by Kelly Smith Trimble

With interest in vegetable gardening booming, lifestyle editor and master gardener Kelly Smith Trimble offers designs, ideas, and inspiration for making the vegetable garden a joyful, creative space that reflects each gardener's distinctive aesthetic, integrates beauty with functionality, and offers a sanctuary for both people and pollinators, along with a bounty of nutritious, homegrown food. For decades, gardeners have approached vegetable gardening the same way: planting in square or rectangular beds or in straight rows, keeping vegetables separate from flowers, and definitely not mixing perennial plants with annual ones. According to these old rules, every insect must be killed, the garden must be tidy, and nothing should ever be allowed to go to seed. It's time to break the rules! Today's gardeners are re-envisioning the vegetable garden as a creative, playful space where the beds may be circles or spirals, beneficial insects are invited to the party, flowers for cutting grow right next to annual vegetables (which might be chosen for their curb appeal as much as their flavour), and a bit of "untidiness" simply creates a garden that more closely mimics the natural world. With The Creative Vegetable Gardener, lifestyle editor and master gardener Kelly Smith Trimble encourages readers to widen their focus, be playful, and imagine a vegetable garden that reflects their own unique aesthetic and offers a meditative sanctuary as well as a source of fresh, homegrown food. From seed selection to garden layout and regenerative gardening practices, gardeners of all levels will find Timble's liberating advice a pathway to making the garden a place of nourishment for the soul and creative spirit, while also feeding the body. AUTHOR: Kelly Smith Trimble is the author of Vegetable Gardening Wisdom. She has been a lifestyle editor for nearly 20 years, working for brands such as HGTV, Southern Living, Lowe's, Bonnie Plants, the National Park Foundation, and more. A master gardener, she grows vegetables, herbs, and flowers in her suburban backyard and loves cooking and preserving. She lives in Knoxville, Tennessee. SELLING POINTS: . Gardening as a creative activity. Since the pandemic began, people have turned to gardening both because they feel that it's necessary and because they find gardening to be an act of solace and hope for the future. This book invites gardeners to break with the conventional view that vegetables must be purely utilitarian and create a garden that is a creative, enjoyable place to spend time, while also producing a bounty of food . Integrated approach to growing food in the home landscape. More and more contemporary gardeners see the vegetable garden as an integrated part of the home landscape ecosystem, including pollinator plants, medicinal herbs, cut flowers, and other elements that add beauty and environmental benefits. The Creative Vegetable Gardener provides dozens of ideas for integrating a food garden into a larger, wholistic landscape . Beautiful and productive. Approaching vegetable gardening with aesthetics in mind doesn't mean the garden will yield less. A creative spiral garden or a mandala garden can be just as productive as a garden of square beds or traditional rows - sometimes even more productive! Smith Trimble combines designs and style lessons with sustainable gardening practices

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