You Live in The City? No worries. The Edible Landscaping Technique Will Help You Achieve The Most Amazing Garden!
Living in a city or suburban environment is rewarding, however it comes with many challenges. One of the most common issues is simply a lack of space.
Fortunately, there are many methods to save space and still grow your own food in the city. One of these amazing methods is called edible landscaping.
Edible landscaping is the technique of planting edible foods in place of purely ornamental plants within a landscape. These edible foods can be anything from herbs to full-grown squash plants.
Edible landscaping allows you to grow your own food in a subtle but very effective way.
Planting an Edible Landscape
Edible landscaping is usually very forgiving and is easy for anyone to do, even if you are a beginner in gardening. While virtually anything you’d normally plant in a traditional garden can be used in edible landscaping, here are a few that work amazingly in this type of set-up: 1. Sweet and hot peppers. They fare well against pests, and most plants are quite attractive. They give a ton of color variety because peppers go through a color change as they grow bigger.
2. Beans. Beans are vining in nature and can grow really large. They are great for covering a trellis, and their flowers are very attractive.
3. Herbs. Herbs are a real win-win. They save you money and also many varieties like mint are super hardy and make a good ground cover.
4. Berry bushes. Berries are super delicious, and the shrubs they grow in can be used as a hedge for privacy or in place of a fence. In fact, thorned shrubs can use as a deterrent for keeping stray animals (and people) away.
5. Flowering kale. Some flowering kale species don’t look like they should be in a garden. Regular kale and dinosaur kale can work great, too, and usually taste better than flowering kales.
6. Ornamental cabbage. Just like flowering kales, these are quite the same. They tend to not be as tasty as commercial varieties but they are still edible.
7. Tomatoes. As one of the most commonly grown vegetables, tomatoes also can work aesome in edible landscaping. The fruits aren’t just red, but can come in colors like chocolate to purple.
8. Swiss chard. This vegetable tastes delicious and is very colorful without sacrificing taste. The leaves can also vary in color from green to deep purple.
9. Rhubarb. Another plant with delicious red stalks like Swiss chard. Rhubarb stalks are edible, however people or animals shouldn’t eat the leaves.
10. Edible flowers. If you’re planting an edible landscape you can’t go wrong with edible flowers.
Planning Your Edible Landscape
It is advisable to begin planning your edible landscaping during winter so you have plenty of time to draw out a plan, order your seeds and start them indoors in time for spring planting.
It isn’t advisable to go straight to digging and planting.
Step 1: Review Your Property and Draw a Basic Layout
The first step is to take a good look at the land you have to work with. Taking pictures is really helpful, too. It is also good if you draw a layout of your lot that accounts for your house, any outbuildings and structures that are permanent. Also have in mind to draw in any landscaping you have that you don’t want to remove.
Note: A great way of getting an overhead view of your property that will show your current landscape is to use Google Maps.
Step 2: Find Your Zone and Learn Your Property’s Peculiarities
This is going to be very important in the next step. Find your zip code online.
Next, take a walk around your property and makes notes of any peculiarities. For instace, what areas are totally shaded, partially shaded or get full sunshine? Which areas collect water and pool after a storm? Which areas already have competing shrubs, plants or trees?
It is extremely important to closely examine your property in order to create a thorough plan of what edibles you want to add. For instance, if you want to grow an herb that prefers shade, you will know exactly where on your property it will thrive.
Step 3: Make a List of Vegetables, Herbs, Fruits and Trees You Want
Now comes the fun part. You can look online in some seed catalogs and begin with a list of what you want to plant.
Think of what foods you buy most often from the grocery store, and which ones you and your family love the most. Maybe you and your family love salads. You’d benefit a lot from growing different salads and leafy vegetables.
If you plan on planting trees,don’t forget how large they can possibly grow and how quickly. The same goes for large bushes or shrubs.
It is also a really good idea to not just account for the space each plant will need but also leave gaps for future planting. It is important to know you can always add more plants in empty spaces.
When it comes to planting your edible landscaping, it is just like planting a garden. All of the same principles apply.
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