Have you ever heard of edible landscaping, which has become very popular in recent years? It’s a trend I can totally get behind! This is a type of gardening in which edible plants take center stage, in a well-thought out plan that is aesthetically pleasing. It’s like a kitchen garden but with a much heavier emphasis on beauty.
Edible landscaping has become more sought after as individuals realize that a flower garden can be more than just beautiful – and a vegetable garden can be more than an eyesore!
While many of us live in places where vegetable gardens, alternating between bare ground and “must get the weeding done”, are an accepted part of the landscape, not everyone has that option.
If you live in an area with strict rules about how your yard must look, vegetable gardens might not be permitted. The answer is to get sneaky and garden with plants that don’t look like typical vegetables.
So what is an edible landscape, and how can you plan to include it in your gardening future?
Yes, What Exactly Is Edible Landscaping?
It seems obvious to say that it’s growing edibles, but is not just growing edible plants. Edible landscaping takes everything to a whole new level.
Rather than just another vegetable garden, an edible landscape is always tied together with beauty in mind, for the purpose of a visually pleasing area.
An edible landscape can include any kind of growing plant you desire. It may have trees, plants, bushes, and even hanging pots. Strong lines are important in order to draw the eye to organization and a well-planned scheme.
Who Can Create One?
You don’t need to be a gardening guru to create a beautiful and functional edible landscape.
Anyone with an interest in it and enough time to devote to caring for it can attempt one.
Although a large and spacious backyard will give you much variety to work with in order to create any design, many people have only small spaces and create a beautiful and sufficient little area.
What Kind of Space Is Required?
To create an edible landscape, the basic requirement is having a space of land to place it.
As mentioned above, any size will do, and there are a variety of plants which can accommodate your space – no matter whether your area includes rocks or grass, walls or open space.
Make a sketch of your available space, and use your creativity to decide on a plan for it.
Do You Need to Live in a Certain Climate?
Although areas where there is plenty of sun all year round have an advantage when it comes to sustaining an edible landscape, you can make it happen anywhere.
Having said that, you will certainly need to do some research and study what kind of fruits, vegetables and herbs fare well in your region. It would be pretty silly for me to plant an orange tree in my backyard.
Ask neighbors and nearby family and friends who love to garden for advice. Go to local garden centres to see what types of plants, edible and non-edible, are recommended for you.
How Do You Start One?
In order to begin your edible landscaping adventures, find out info about what kinds of plants grow well where you live. Make a list of edible plants you would like to grow, along with favorite flowers and non-edibles you enjoy.
Figure out how to tie it all into the grand scheme and create a beautiful, eye-pleasing garden.
Begin small in order not to overwhelm yourself. Make a point of highlighting both beauty and functionality.
Edible landscaping may have become more popular only in recent years, but it is not just a trend that will disappear. People are always looking for ways to integrate things they love to view with things that serve them well, and a well thought-out edible landscape accomplishes this.
Create yours and experience satisfaction and the feeling of sweet success.