Edible Landscaping: Decorate your Lawn with Fruits and Vegetables
Edible Landscaping: Decorate your Lawn with Fruits and Vegetables
Edible landscaping: landscaping with fruits and vegetables is one of the thriftiest and fun to bring healthy fruits and vegetables into your home. And with ornamental vegetables it can be even more beautiful than a yard!
Many people have found that by raising food instead of lawns, they save money, create unusual beauty in their home and help build a community in their neighborhood. I was lucky enough to come from a family of farmers. Even though we lived in an ordinary home in a mid-sized town we always had free fruit, vegetables and even our own bees and honey: thanks to my parents planting. Some of our neighbors might have wanted us to have a more traditional lawn, but my parents practiced “edible landscaping” without knowing it! Edible landscaping is not hard, and you can do it too!
Many schools are learning the value of edible landscaping. My children were lucky enough to be part of the Berkeley Schools , which followed the great traditional of school gardens. I remember the Vista worker who helped the kids in the garden, I do believe she was the happiest person I have ever seen at a job.
They were sometimes mentored by the likes of Alice Waters, the fabulous creator of the infamous Chez Panisse restaurant: one of the first in the world to feature dishes cooked from the restaurant’s own garden.
There are so many reasons to replace lawns: to maintain they require so much water and even pesticides. And if you can eat from your yard – so much the better!
PS – You don’t even have to have a yard to practice edible landscaping! Urban homesteading can be done with vertical gardening and all kinds of other methods to bring healthy fruits and vegetables into our homes.
Guides to Edible Landscaping
You have so, so many more ways to go besides a lawn in your yard! It is very rewarding to go out to your front lawn and pick a vegetable for your salad.
Here are guides that started the movement: change over from wasteful lawns to lush edible landscapes full of fruits and vegetables!
Edible LandscapingEdible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist: How to Have Your Yard and Eat It TooFoodscaping: Practical and Innovative Ways to Create an Edible LandscapeThe Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden
The Flowers and Blossoms in an Edible Landscape Brings Bees to Your World
One of the main advantages of replacing your lawn with flowers, vegetables and fruits is that honeybees will be attracted. You will know that you are bringing more sweet honey to the world!
A Little Means a Lot when It comes to Edible Gardening
Never hesitate to start with a little, and realize it means a lot. Maybe you can just grow one pot of tomatoes, or a windowbox full of herbs. Maybe you just sprout some mung beans. The next year you Grow Potatoes in a Trash Can or Barrel , the next year you will be Turning the yard to a Garden .
Raised Beds Can Help you Raise Veggies in a Small Area
You can grow a salad from your own balcony!
And remember: even if you do not have a lot of land you have vertical space. Vertical gardeners have had good success with stacked pots like Akro-Mils RZJMEDI Medium Stack-A-Pot, 30-Quart , the reviewers seem to be happiest with the 30 quart size, and it is especially recommended for herbs and strawberries. Other people have had good luck with hanging planters, the The Urban Garden-vertical planter, hanging garden received very high rankings.
Ornamental Vegetables Can be a Beautiful Addition to Your life
Picture is of ornamental kale: which can be eaten and is pretty as any picture.
Ornamental Vegetable Gardeneasyshop Colorful Ornamental Pepper Seed Vegetable Plant SeedPackage of 30 Seeds, Turks Turban Winter Squash (Cucurbita maxima) Non-GMO Seeds by Seed Needs)Climbing Malabar Spinach 60 Seeds – Ornamental/Edible500 Seeds, Ornamental Corn200 PROSO MILLET White Common Panicum Miliaceum Ornamental Grass Vegetable SeedsFlower Kale Sunset D1471 (Red) 100 Open Pollinated Seeds by David’s Garden Seeds500 Seeds, Ornamental CornBolivian Rainbow Heirloom – 10 Seeds – Ornamental Hot Pepper – Beautiful Plant
Vertical gardening adds beneficial fruits and vegetables to the smallest spaces
These planters will help you establish a garden in the smallest space.
Living Art Vertical Garden Succulent Cactus Small Plants Herb Planting Cylinder System Unique Gift Decor5 Tier Stackable Strawberry, Herb, Flower, and Vegetable Planter – Vertical Garden Indoor / OutdoorGronomics VG3245 Vertical Garden Planter, 32-Inch by 45-Inch by 9-InchAmgate Gardens 4 Pocket Vertical Wall Garden Planter Wall-mounted Plant
Gardening is Much Better for You than Having a Lawn!
Besides the fun, nutritional value and just delight of getting to eat your own food, gardening is good for you. You will burn about 272 calories an hour at least, even with easy gardening and you will have access to fresh vegetables and sunshine. As you learn more how to do it you will develop competence that just feels good. One of the most amazing programs around are the Master Gardener programs – Learn to Become a Master Gardener
If you decide to become a Master Gardener you will be involved in many hours of training, which you will return by volunteering in the community. Some of your volunteer experiences might include garden lectures, demonstrations and exhibits, school and community gardening, phone diagnostic service, or research.
Gardening is definitely therapeutic. Your life will not TOTALLY be changed, there still are lots of stresses: but it can help.
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I have already discussed how edible gardening can be a wonderful way help kids with their schools, and that the first time I was exposed to an urban garden was in my children’s school in Berkeley. We have a great tradition of school gardens that was started in the 1890’s in Boston. I know that edible landscaping can change kids lives when they have it in their schools. They are exposed to great vegetables and fruits, and that is so important to health.
But urban homesteading, having an edible landscape on an empty lot, community gardens or even just planting fruit trees that are accessible to the public can change the whole neighborhood. In the past, people who have tried to do this have come up against a lot of resistance but gradually city councils are seeing that the value of a garden far outweighs any perceived value in having uniform lawns everywhere. The photo shows a community garden in Detroit created by urban homesteaders, a city that has suffered from blight as much as any other.
Edible Landscaping Can Bring the Benefits of the Farm to the City, the Suburbs and the World
We need more food and we need more beauty.
Edible landscaping – starting as simply as a pot of tomatoes on your porch is where we need to be!
Edible Gardening per Wikimedia – creative commons photographer Wilson Liew