I'm very much on board with the program and have a considerable garden in my front yard -- even though it could be in the back. I am growing peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, sunflowers, melons, squash, and herbs in my front yard on both sides of the sidewalk and in front of my house. It's a big deal. So count me in as a true believer.
But this is a picture book, and it seemed like it was little more than a stunt. Dull lawns became transformed into massive, gorgeous gardens with the flip of a page. The pictures were inspiring and beautiful. But most gardens in most parts of North America look pretty shabby much of the year. And producing the kinds of gardens in this book in a single season must have been a tremendously labor- and cost-intensive project. I was hoping for a bit more how-to for the person who may not have a landscaping team with a backhoe and unlimited access to productive soil. How to design a garden to look okay in the off-season, how to take advantage of certain kinds of plants for certain kinds of nooks and crannies, how to transform a lawn into produce at the scale of time/effort/money that the average person can afford. How to think about runoff. How to start.
This book is inspirational, but I fear those beautiful yards will cause a lot of disappointment come October, and I wonder how many of those gardens will still be around and that productive a few years from now. I hope I'm wrong but I suspect: not many.