Apr 28 2010

The Urban Farmer on Edible Landscaping

Published by at 4:53 am under Recent Posts

Edible landscaping recognizes that an aesthetically pleasing landscape and the production of fresh, delicious food can go hand-in-hand. This is not a new insight. Some of the oldest known gardens (Babylonian gardens, the pleasure gardens of ancient Egypt, medieval cloistered gardens) integrated edible plants into their designs.

Edible landscaping follows many of the same principles of conventional landscape design such as creating balance, unity, rhythm, interconnection, and pattern in the landscape while integrating a host of food producing plants into the design. The range of edible plants available for use in the landscape is vast and goes far beyond the common vegetables most of us think of when we think of edible plants.

Fruit trees can be grown as large trees in the landscape or trained as fences in an “espalier”. A wide range of berry producing shrubs and brambles (raspberries) can work well as hedges, living fences or screens. Vining plants such as hardy kiwi, grape, squash, beans, and peas can climb along an arbour, pergola, fence line or trellis.

Attractive perennial and annual greens can augment a flower bed and provide fresh, nutritious salads for many months. Many flowers themselves are edible and can be used as colourful additions to salads as well. Herb gardens are beautiful in their own right and add many rich colours, textures, smells and tastes to the landscape. Edible plants (creeping thymes, chamomile, alpine strawberry, etc.) can also be used as alternative ground covers, releasing their scents to the passer by as they are trod on. Container plantings featuring rainbow chards, colourful kales, culinary herbs, and other edibles and non-edibles can be integrated into the landscape design.

While some designs may include the provision of traditional vegetable gardens, others will integrate annual vegetables into the overall landscape, mixing them with ornamental plants and other edibles. Most edible landscapes will include non-edible tree, shrub and perennial species as well according to the tastes and preferences of the homeowners or occupants.

The creation of a beautiful, calming natural space within the urban environment is highly valuable to most contemporary city dwellers. When this landscape also produces fresh, delicious, and healthy foods, the connection one has to their small piece of earth becomes that much stronger.

Edible landscaping in urban environments is not limited to single homes; school yards, businesses, condominium and apartment complexes, and other properties can enjoy the benefits of edible plants integrated into their landscapes.

– well said by theurbanfarmer.ca

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3 Responses to “The Urban Farmer on Edible Landscaping”

  1. Erin Turneron 09 Jul 2010 at 6:38 am

    Landscaping is very important in both the business offices and at home. it makes your yard impressive.-:;

  2. Lauren Stewarton 25 Jul 2010 at 6:23 pm

    landscaping is very cool coz it seems like you get a whole new yard.*~,

  3. Ella Walkeron 10 Sep 2010 at 8:45 am

    it’s not as expensive as you may think to have a landscaping these days, especially when you consider the big picture … it is always necessary to beautify your home”-,

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