While you might think that edible landscape design would be the the same as any other -- just landscaping with edible plants -- there are some things you might just want to know while drawing up the layout of your garden ...
When we bought our first home, we found a black mulberry sapling in our yard and planted it next to the back porch. It shaded the stone walkway my husband built, the concrete porch, and the patio. Our children grew up climbing it, and after a while it began to bear lots of delicious fruit.
And then we learned what "will stain concrete" meant in the descriptions.
Not only do mulberries stain concrete, but the juice stains rock, clothes, and brick. And since birds love mulberries, we had their "gifts" on the patio as well.
I loved our mulberry tree, but if I had thought the matter through, I would have planted it somewhere else.
Something to consider as you plan your edible landscape design!
This might include using raised beds, steps, walkways, or paving tiles, depending on your situation.
You might consider installing sprinklers if needed, or (better yet) a drip irrigation system, depending on your location and garden layout.
Don't forget the fruit! Some edible plants have gorgeous fruit colors.
Consider what you will do with the food you grow. If your family doesn't eat a particular food, either consider another plant or think about donating the excess to your local food bank or shelter. Make sure there is someplace that accepts fresh food (if this is your solution) before you plant.
If you really like the look of a plant but don't know how to prepare it, take a look at other readers' best recipes from their gardens.
I want to tell you about the step by step process I went through in order to create my own edible landscaping.
I've put it into a workbook for you called "How to make your own garden landscape design plans", so you can print it out, put it in a binder, and get to work right now!
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