How to Design an Edible Landscape

by Rachel Baker on January 26, 2015

We are making plans for the next stage in life (you know, the one where the kids have graduated high school); and it looks like we will are both thinking about making ourselves a bit more self-sustaining than we are now. For us, that means growing our own food.

I found this article at Mother Earth Living that specifically lays out how to design landscape that both is beautiful and functionally practical for self-sustainability.

Read the Article: Eat Your Yard! How to Design an Edible Landscape

In addition to being a viable design option, an edible landscape (if maintained organically) is the most compelling landscape concept for the future.

Edible landscapes offer these incredible benefits:

Energy Savings: Food from your yard requires no shipping and little refrigeration. Plus, conventional farms use a large amount of energy to plow, plant, spray and harvest produce—planting and picking tomatoes in your front yard requires a miniscule amount by comparison.

Food Safety: You know which chemicals (if any) you use.

Water Savings: Tests show that most home gardeners use less than half the water to produce the same crop compared with large-scale agricultural production. Drip irrigation saves even more.

Money Savings: You can grow an unbelievable amount of food in a small, beautiful space. When I meticulously calculated the value of a 100-square-foot edible landscape I grew a couple of summers ago, I was amazed to find it had saved me more than $700! (Visit rosalindcreasy.com for exact figures for some popular crops.)

Better Nutrition: Fully ripe, just-picked, homegrown fruits and vegetables provide more vitamins and nutrients than supermarket produce, which is usually picked under-ripe and is days or weeks old when you eat it.

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