Tips on Growing an Edible Landscape

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For years, people kept their vegetables and flower gardens separate, but now many people are rethinking that rule and adding herbs, vegetables and fruits to the landscape as a hot new trend. I am going to tell your four ways to turn your yard into a farmer’s market.

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By-the-door herb garden
Nothing says summer like the fresh taste of herbs. And if they’re planted near the doorway, as you’re cooking you can run out to snip a few leaves to add some flavors and seasoning to your dishes. Herbs are expensive to buy at the grocery store. But if you grow your own herbs like rosemary, they’re cheap and very easy. And you can add thing like basil, thyme and oregano to your summer salads and fresh pizzas.

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Think small: dwarf varieties
Plant dwarf varieties of fruits and vegetables. Patio tomatoes fit into any landscape. Plant them in a sunny location and you can support them with the bright colorful cage. They’ll bloom for you all summer to provide you with lots of fruits for salads and BLT’s. And do you like fruits? There are many fruit seeds online for you to choose. Dwarf fruit varieties, like figs and kumquats fit well into any landscape. And they’re beautiful trees. They’re covered with flowers in the spring and in the summertime, they’re draped with fruit. They even work well in containers. Some fruit trees such as apples need to be planted in pairs so they can cross-pollinate. If in doubt, refer to the plant tag.

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Edging
Edge walkways and garden beds with fruits. Strawberries are hearty and delicious, and they make great edging plants along landscape beds. A nice mound of green foliage and then in summer you have those tasty bright red berries to pick. Strawberries are small enough to fit in containers or window boxes. And since they are perennials, they’ll come back year after year.

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Edible borders
Plant tall herbs and vegetables, like kales and Swiss chards in your flower garden. To plant flowers, you may need some decorative flower pots to add some interest to your garden. Swiss chard has colorful stems and lush green leaves that are delicious when chopped up and sauted with olive oil. Another good plant to add is chives. Chives have nice foliage and then the springtime they have wonderful flowers that you can actually use just like the leaves. The flowers have a nice peppery taste. And because chives are in the onion family, they’re not bothered by rabbits or deer. If you want a yard that is as delicious as it is decorative, than edible landscaping is the way to go.

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