Edible gardening continues to be a hot interest in the gardening world. More than 1/3rd of American homes are growing edibles. As this interest in edibles grows, so does the conflict between growing for beauty or growing for eating.
Fortunately, you can have both. Foodscaping or edible landscaping is a way to grow and enjoy vegetables, berries, fruits and herbs without sacrificing the beauty of your yard.
In my book, Foodscaping: Practical & Innovative Ways to Create an Edible Landscape, I highlight the many reasons for growing some of your own food. It’s gone beyond just growing your own food because it’s tastier and safer. It is becoming essential! As the world population grows and climate change wreaks havoc on farmers, we’ll all have to start producing some of our own edibles. If not just to help offset costs and have the knowledge that your produce is safe, but also for our own sense of security. The good news is it’s easy and with my book keeping the yard looking beautiful while growing edibles is possible.
The first step to creating a Foodscape is to think of innovative places to grow your edibles. You have lots of options. You can integrate edibles into plantings around the house, in the flower garden, in the hedgerow, as ground covers, and as vining plants. My book shows that you don’t have to rip out your existing landscape to add food. You can keep what you have, and supplement it with delicious edibles.
Speaking of delicious edibles, I also highlight my favorite edible plants. Plant breeders have done a great job lately breeding edibles for beauty and practicality. Colorful kales, lettuces, eggplants, peppers, and basil share the garden with edible flowers such as calendula, bee balm, daylily, lavender, and roses. Beautiful berry bushes such as currants, elderberry and honey berry share the stage with edible and attractive fruit trees such as cherry, serviceberry and fig.
But instead of just planting more edibles and having more to care for, you can substitute edibles for ornamentals. Here are some examples. Instead of growing burning bushes, try blueberries. Instead of a planting a redbud, try a serviceberry. Instead of growing a privet hedge, try an asparagus hedge. Instead of planting a Virginia creeper vine, try a hardy kiwi.
And the book isn’t just about what, where and how to grow edibles. It’s chocked full of colorful photo examples of these beautiful edibles and garden designs. Foodscaping will inspire you to try to add some edibility to your yard next season.
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Guest Blogger Bio
Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. He has worked for more than 25 years bringing expert gardening information to home gardeners through radio, television, talks, tours, on-line, and the printed page. Charlie delights in making gardening information simple, easy, fun and accessible to everyone.
Charlie is also known for his radio shows, TV shows, speaking and writing. He has authored 6 titles including Urban Gardening for Dummies in 2013 and Vegetable Gardening For Dummies, Foodscaping (CSP Press, 2015). His regional books are Northeast Fruit and Vegetable Gardening released in 2012, New England Getting Started Garden Guide released in 2014 and New England Month by Month Gardening, released in 2016.