Edible Landscaping Can Be Easy

beautiful food garden

The beautiful food garden includes Flower Carpet red, lavender, carrots and other veggies and herbs

You may be intimidated by the long stalks and colorful bushels that spring from the fruits and vegetables of your neighbor’s garden plots. Planting, picking and preparing your food sounds like a demanding process, but after you’ve done it once, it quickly becomes second nature. And the only thing that feels better than the satisfaction of growing your food is the satisfaction of saving money while you do it.

Start Small

Your horticulture career doesn’t have to launch with trumpets and fanfare. Keep it low-key and start small.

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Thorned berry bushes can actually help with home security as well if planted close to windows. Photo from www.wildmanfoods.org

Raspberries and blackberries are two delectably simple fruits that, depending on your location, can grow nearly year-round. If you have windowsill planters or walkways, raspberry and blackberry bushes can make for beautiful decoration and plentiful output. There is no perfect gardener, but by taking advantage of low-maintenance, high-yield plants like these, you don’t need to be perfect – let your greenery do the work for you.

In addition to stocking your cupboards, raspberries and blackberries can actually help with your home security, too. According to SecurityCompanies.com, the thorny nature of blackberry bushes makes for a home-grown burglar deterrent. Bramble can be small enough to glance over, but sharp enough to cause some damage if an intruder tries to hop a windowsill planter.

Don’t forget about the little guys

Many herbs are colorful, easy to grow and great to have around the kitchen. Some people steer away from them because they’re not intended to flower, but when combined in a garden with some other easy-growing species, you can still get the vibrant, healthy look you’re shooting for.

Herbs need little care, but grow best in good soil. Make sure you use fertile topsoil, and find a spot where they can get at least six hours of sunlight every day.

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Trellis around window at Mt. Vernon, photo courtesy of brookegiannetti.typepad.com

Grow up, out and every which way

There’s no reason you have to cage your fruits and vegetables into one little plot. Plenty of vines, trees and shrubs that produce delicious foods can grow at altitude. The grapevine is a perfect example. Try outlining your doorways or awnings with grapevines, or drape them around a pole or fence. It’s a classic look that supports both fashion and function.

training cucumbers

Melons and Cucumbers can be trained to grow up attractive arbors and wooden trellises.

Also, melons and cucumbers can be pruned to grow in different directions. Think about the types of fruits and vegetables you want on your plates, and figure out a way to make it work with your landscape!

Much like the raspberries and blackberries, flexible vines can help you shore up your home security. Use them to properly veil certain windows so you don’t accidentally give a clear vantage point for your valuables.


Guest Blogger Bio

Karen Clark is a writer and mother of three.  She enjoys exploring the impact technology has on the home and developing smarter, sustainable practices for her family.  Feel free to reach out to her by email.

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This beautiful yet functional New Zealand garden is home to a variety of vegetables, flowers and herbs!

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2 Responses to Edible Landscaping Can Be Easy

  1. eggy betty December 14, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    I think your advice about starting small is a good idea. My patch is soooo small but I go out and snip parsley and mint and rocket etc. My husband makes fun of me. “Need help bringing in the harvest?” But it doesn’t matter how much I grow as long as I can grow something and use it. Very special feeling. – EB

  2. Graciebelle December 16, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    I’ve never gone much further than adding marigolds and nasturiums to my veggie garden. Thanks for some great suggestions – can’t wait to try them this year.

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