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Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Edible Landscaping : The Ultimate In Locally-Sourced Food

by Eugene Jones

Looking for a unique and practical new take on backyard landscaping? Try blended gardening, a style of gardening both for decoration and for growing edible plants. Growing in popularity, the practice of landscaping with things that can be eaten makes gardening both enjoyable and fulfilling. How can you get started with edible landscaping?

The Skeleton

Start with the 'bones' of your landscaping -- trees, bushes and hardscaping. Flowering fruit trees provide shade and focal points to gardens while also being an easy source of food for your table. Place trees strategically around your yard to provide shade for tables and recreation areas as well as to give privacy and protection for smaller plants. Other excellent backdrops can be made from trellises and fencing planted with vines such as grapes, berries or squashes.

Along with deciding where to place your fruit trees, give some thought to where you'll put the next layer: shrubs. There are many varieties of edible shrubs that can be placed around the home to hide the foundation without blocking windows. These include things like blueberries, currants and gooseberries.

You can use other bushes to divide landscaping into different sections or give some areas needed height and depth. Depending on the height you want to reach, rosemary, many kinds of berries or bush plums are beautiful and tasty natural barriers.  

When deciding on your hardscaping, keep in mind potential future growth and design plans. Once planted successfully, trees will be in place for a long time, so place them carefully. Whether you want a simple deck or a number of smaller hardscape features throughout the yard, provide easy access to each without trampling your edible plants. If you want a portion of your yard dedicated to raised beds for more delicate food plants, try a natural stone barrier that fits with the other hardscape features like your patio or walkways. 

Filling It In

Once the larger elements are in place, it's time to decide on your smaller plants. Create interesting combinations of decorative and edible plants in your beds. Grow lilies along with peas, corn and beans in the back of a garden bed while filling the front with small annuals like pansies and a ground cover of delicious strawberries. Look for unique and colorful variations on standard edible plants, like the trick to have fun with your blended gardening, allowing it to fill your imagination.  

If you're unsure how to overhaul your current landscaping to make it more food-friendly or how to work with the more unusual food plants, it's best to consult with a qualified landscape professional. Once you get comfortable with this new way of choosing plants and trees, you might just find yourself hooked!