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10.09.2014
Edible landscaping is the practical integration of food plants within an ornamental or decorative setting.
Edible plants can be combined in many creative ways-with other edibles, or with ornamentals. The most important design elements for an edible landscape are strong, firm lines and structure. In today’s episode of the Grow Edible Podcast, I chat with Michael Judd, the author of Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist about how to create a food forest. How to save money implementing a food forest, and where it might not make sense to go the cheap route on your edibles. A really cool series of videos featuring Michael at Edible Landscaping Nursery in Virginia, sampling unusual fruits and giving tips for how to incorporate these edible choices into a suburban backyard. Michael has super generously agreed to give away three copies of his book, Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist. To be entered to win one of three copies of Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist, leave a comment below telling me what your dream food forest would look like!


I have about 1.5 acres and my goal is to eliminate about 75% of the lawn, replacing it with a mix of edibles and ornamentals (ideally one and the same).
The same design principles as for ornamental landscapes are used, while substituting edible plants such as lettuces, blueberries, vegetables and fruit trees for some of the otherwise unproductive plant material. There are tasty and ornamental edible plants for just about any garden setting in any climate. With edible plants, the main goal is a diversity of food on your table and not just the look of your yard. Using edibles in landscape design can enhance a garden by providing a unique ornamental component with additional health, aesthetic, and economic benefits. However, in a purely aesthetic sense, adding edibles to your design provides a greater mixture of textures, forms, and colors than a typical ornamental landscape. Temper spring enthusiasm with the knowledge that many edible plants not only need maintenance (mulching, watering, weeding, feeding, and pruning), but also take effort in the form of harvesting and cooking- and preserving a large harvest.
In order to counterbalance this mix of plants, it helps to almost over-emphasize the line and structure of your landscaping elements.


On the other hand, there are culinary herbs suitable for rocky or poor soils, and a few perennial edibles for wet locations.
In fact, filling the yard with edibles would often produce too much food for most families, not to mention time and work. Theoretically, any edible plant can be used in an ornamental landscape; but practically and aesthetically, some are better suited than others.
Without the backbone of an integrated design, an edible landscape can become just another scraggly vegetable patch.



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