|Last year's "jungle" of a garden was quite popular with the neighborhood kids. It was perfect for the younger ones to play hide and seek or tag, but the older kids also enjoyed it immensely for their battles with Nerf guns!|
Here is my quick guide to getting started in edible landscaping:
1) Figure out what plants your family eats. Make a complete list of every fruit, vegetable, and, if you think you might have the space, grains you ever buy and eat. Don't worry about whether it is possible to grow them in your climate at this stage. You are basically brainstorming at this point.
2) Go through your list and figure out what can conceivably be grown in your area. This can be more difficult that in seems, if you want it to be anyway. Sometimes there are varieties of plants that will survive in your climate, if you just take the time to look for them. For example, I'm currently trying to grow bananas in Michigan and my mom discovered a cold hardy variety of pecans that she's going to be growing. I've also seen cold hardy kiwis, as another example. If you want to stick with the "normal" plants for your area, that's fine too, of course, but it just limits what you can produce in your yard. If there is a plant you really want that isn't hardy for your area (like pineapples in my case), you may want to consider adding a small greenhouse to your landscaping plans or growing it in containers and overwintering it in your house.
|The curve on the left matches the driveway and the |
tomatoes on the right are climbing the lamppost
|Pumpkin, tomatoes, and cucumbers growing on a vertical frame last year. That's a lot of plants for four square feet of garden space! This also created a feeling of privacy on the patio by creating a visual separation between the patio and the street.|
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