Stop all that Mowing, Create your Edible Landscape!!
Landscaping and lawns are a valuable part of anyone’s home and add’s that extra curb appeal. Why not stop all of the mowing and create an edible landscape instead.
Shrubs, hedges, trees, annual and perennial flowers are great, but why not also save money by adding in edible vines and bushes to your landscape. Fresh vegetables and herbs will add visual appeal to your landscape. This will also help reduce your grocery bill. Stay with me through this, I will get you there.
Consider increasing the size of your normal flower beds or landscaping and reduce that mowing area. Change your look up with raised beds, add wood chips, colored mulch, or pebbles. As recommended by Better Homes and Gardens. This will also help with weeds and those horrible grasses that have roots to the South Pole.
Are Edible Landscapes Beneficial?
You are probably wondering what other benefits an edible landscape will have. According to Mother Earth News, creating an edible landscape will, “save energy – no shipping and no refrigeration”. There is also the issue with food safety. You probably have heard several instances in the news of food recalls. Creating an edible landscape you know exactly how you food is being raised, “food safety – you know which chemicals (if any) you use”.
When it comes to watering an edible landscape as mentioned in the article from Mother Earth News, “water savings – home gardeners use less than half of the water agricultural production needs to produce a crop.” There is also the nutritional value that edible landscapes will provide for you and your family. Nutrition is a valuable part of our lives, “better nutrition – Fully ripe, just-picked, homegrown fruits and vegetables, if eaten soon after picking, have more vitamins than supermarket produce that was usually picked under-ripe and is days or weeks old when you eat it.”
Saving energy, food safety, water conservation, and better nutrition….we could all take a page out of this book.
Front Yard vs. Back Yard
You have decided an edible garden is for you. Now you have to decide where it will go….front yard or back yard. The front yard edible landscape can really bring out your curb appeal in the neighborhood. The neighbors will enjoy watching the transition from the beginning design and growth of you garden. They will also love to see what a beautiful and bountiful harvest you will have and possible share.
Keep their interest by cleaning up the dead or harvested vines and replace with ornamental vegetables, seasonal flowers, or creative paths. Your neighbors will enjoy seeing your transition through the seasons. You may even create a domino effect and your neighbors will create their own front yard edible landscapes.
In the front yard you can create a full garden area or design an elaborate front yard landscape. Full gardens rid you of unnecessary mowing and trimming. Designed landscapes give the opportunity for paths and walkways for sitting and strolling in your garden.
Full front yard edible landscape from Sue at Less Noise, More Green.
Designed layout of a front yard edible landscape from urbanhomestead.org.
***There are many areas across the United States that frown upon front yard edible landscapes. Some even have laws against them. Make sure to check your local ordinances prior to digging up your front yard.
Back yards tend to be much different from the front yard and allow you to put your dreams in motion. Be creative and have fun with this blank slate. There are so many options to your back yard edible landscape. When planting you can be a seed starter or visit your local store for more mature plants. Use arbors, fountains, waterfalls, natural seating, stone boarders, add color, and whimsy….the world is your oyster. This could be the area your family not only enjoys the edible benefits, but enjoys the relaxation of this newly created space.
Whether you chose the front or back yard for your edible landscape give it your own creative flare.
Do you have a front or back yard that is now an edible landscape?