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Tips on Creating an Edible Landscape in Your Home

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By : Fredrica Smith    99 or more times read
Nowadays, a lot of individuals associate edible landscaping with large industrial farms. This is because such type of gardening is often equated with massive production of vegetables or fruits. But actually, you can have your own version of a farmer’s market regardless of the space available in your property. You can sow any variety of edible plants in expanse beds or even diverse pots and containers.

The first thing you have to do is to learn about the types of plants that can thrive in the existing soil and weather conditions in your area. Your research tools can range from online gardening websites to library books. You can also approach agencies or clubs that support horticulture programs or garden and lawn stores. People from these venues can assist you in learning about the qualities and maintenance needs of more than hundred species of plants. List down the ones you are sure to successfully grow in your property environment settings.

To have a diverse edible landscaping, pick at least one plant from these categories - fruit trees, shrubs, berries, common vegetables, vines, herbs and flowers. Among the favorites are apples, apricots, figs, blueberries, currants, cabbages, onions, grapes, mint, oregano, thyme, daylilies, scented geranium, roses and the list goes on. Be cautious though in selecting each plant because some of them are susceptible to attracting pests and insects. If you unknowingly pick such vegetation, one way to ward off pests is to include flowers that have such quality. They also provide sustenance for healthy bugs, which in turn promote better soil quality and also fight off harmful organisms like aphids or tomato hornworms. Ornamental and medicinal flowers like yarrow, zinnia, cosmos and daisy are some great samples.

Work up your budget as well, which would probably include prices of the plants or seeds, labor fees especially for creating huge gardens, gardening materials and fertilizers. To increase the health of your plants, it would also be preferable to use natural fertilizers instead of chemically-produced ones. Thus, include the costs of having your own composting system.

The next thing to do is to lay out the final landscaping design, which is either drawn by you or drafted by a professional. Be careful in detailing the plan. Some design ideas are:

  1. For wide spaces – each bed is bordered by ‘pesticide’ flowers or berries. Depth can be achieved via alternately positioning tall shrubs and small vegetables. You can add more visual interest to your garden by having vines or climbers sprawling along trellises which are to be placed on all sides of the garden. More aesthetic appeal would be evident if your plants are arranged according to your preferred pattern. For example, line up plants according to color, likeness or type.

  2. For small urban spaces – take in the wonders of container gardening. You can still establish dimensions and variety even if your plants are potted or contained in baskets. One sample to create great visual depth is to organize tall herbs at the center of a huge basket or tub and place herbs with expansive growths along the edges. Another way to boost aesthetic interest is to place pots, baskets or bins in different sizes, shapes or colors in a layered holder.

Edible landscaping already took too long at the back seat of gardening. Give this innovative, productive and altogether beneficial gardening a chance to be a part of your abode.

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