Edible Landscapes?

You know what edible means, and landscaping. So how do you combine the two? Why? We will give you some great ideas…come see…don’t forget to incorporate your tropical edibles too!

While many gardeners would like to grow their own fresh produce, not all have time or space for a separate food garden. I personally do not like or believe in large plot gardens. I feel they waste space and water.

If you plant “Edible Landscapes”, you will find that they do double duty. They produce food and make our yards attractive at the same time. An edible landscape is also convenient. On a rainy wet day, you don’t go out to a muddy garden, you pick your herbs right there at the kitchen door. While you are there pick a ripe tomato for your salad, after all, who says you can’t have a bush tomato in a container. How about some fragrant herbs just under your window, you can use them in so many things.

The concept of edible landscaping is not new. In Ancient Egyptian gardens, you would find fish ponds, flowers, grape arbors, fruit trees, and places to sit and enjoy the serenity. By the Renaissance, gardeners began to exclude edible plants from their gardens. They planted separate herb gardens, vegetable gardens, and orchards.

Edible landscaping had a new resurgence in popularity in the 1980s. Gardeners recognized that many edible plants are also beautiful, and they reintroduced them to the general landscape. Many using pots on patios, or small space gardening, which will be included in this series.

Let’s start right there. You may use any large container as long as it has (or you can make) a good drainage system in the bottom. I put a layer of broken clay pot pieces around the hole as an added measure to prevent it clogging. If you do not yet have a compost pile made, of wonderful soil you may buy organic soil in most nurseries or chain stores. This is soil that has not been chemically processed to remove living organisms. Which remember, work hand in hand with the organic gardener.

Place your plant or seeds into soil as directed, and make sure you don’t kill it…either by too much or not enough water and direct light. Soon you will have a fragrant, handy little herb, vegetable garden outside you door. They also bloom beautifully and the seeds can be stored for next year. Don’t forget to write that down in your Notebook.

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