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News, changes and updates to the Edible Landscape Design website, as well as edible landscaping related events. A mini-blog of what's fresh and new.

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Apr 18, 2014

The Edible Front Yard Gardens Photo Contest 2014!

Show us your edible front yard gardens June 1 through July 31, 2014 and enter our third annual international edible front yard photo contest.

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Apr 16, 2014

Your Comments: Edible Landscape Design

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Apr 15, 2014

Ennis, County Clare, Ireland: Clare Garden Festival

This year's theme is 'My Beautiful & Edible Garden'! Over 60 garden-related booths, expert speakers, food and entertainment. Talks and demos for all experience levels.

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Apr 14, 2014

Advertise On Edible Landscape Design

Advertise today on one of the fastest growing edible landscaping sites. Check here for free advertising options and current paid advertising rates.

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Apr 11, 2014

Tampa Bay, FL (US): Edible Landscaping Design Workshop

Edible Landscape Design Workshop This specialty course will focus on practical, step by step methods and Florida- specific techniques to create beautiful

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Apr 09, 2014

New Lynn, Auckland (NZ): EcoDay 2014 Workshops

April 13, 2014 at the Sustainable Living Centre, 4 Olympic Place, New Lynn.

12.30pm - 1.15pm Rainwater Harvesting - Catch it when you canWith Laurie Dee, HedgehogLearn how to put together a cost-effective DIY rain water collection system for your garden. With this set-up you can attach as many barrels as you want and save $$ in watering bills.

1.45pm - 2.15pm Heritage Seed Saving - Take Ownership of Our Seed HeritageWith Judy Ackery, Heritage Seed Savers GroupBe empowered with a practical demo on seed saving. Learn tips and tricks on saving your own seed, and where to go if you're keen to swap with others.

2.45pm - 3.15pm Landscape Architects Garden Design Demo and Q&A With Carl Pickens and Nick RobinsonGet inside the mind of a landscape architect! Carl and Nick will work through a garden design on paper, starting with an average suburban back yard. This will give you ideas on how to transform your own backyard into a living landscape. Followed with a Q &A session at the end for your most burning garden design questions.

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Apr 07, 2014

Would You Like To Work With Me?

Garden and website assistance at a reasonable cost. Research, content, graphics, SEO. Click here to learn more!

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Apr 05, 2014

Oklahoma City, OK (US): plant and seed exchange

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Apr 05, 2014

Tampa Bay, FL (US): Edible Landscape Design class

A five-day hands-on course on Florida edible landscaping, demonstrated at a private home.


- Basic landscaping techniques such as how to use color, texture, symmetry, patterns, and seasonal adjustments

- Edible landscaping – how to combine beautiful and useful plants

- Right plant, right place – how to choose your plants. We’ll go over specific plant lists and choices. Shade loving, sun loving, winter, summer, hot, cold, year-round flowers and fruit, etc.

- Great plant combinations

- Microclimates – how to create them

- Florida friendly "no-watering or low-watering needed" methods of planting

- Growing for high yields, commercial growing in small areas

- Putting it all together in a design

- Implementation – staging, timing, and maintenance

- How to keep your design looking good and staying productive with minimal upkeep

May 22-26, 2014

Full price: $475

Early bird (before April 8): $375

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Mar 31, 2014

What should I grow under a pomegranate?

What is a good veggie or herb to grow under the pomegranate tree? I love using up all my space with something that will help the other grow or produce

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Mar 31, 2014

Charleston, SC (US) - Charleston Homesteads

Charleston Homesteads began in 2013 with a simple mission: transforming yards into edible paradises. We are a family-owned and operated business comprised

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Mar 31, 2014

South Carolina Landscaping: The Edible Landscape Business Showcase

If you're looking for help with your edible landscaping, here are the South Carolina landscaping companies that can help.

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Mar 31, 2014

Violet Jelly

Violet Jelly -- Beautiful and Delicious You will need: 2 heaping cups of fresh wild violet petals; look for fully opened flowers, not partially opened

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Mar 29, 2014

Edible Landscaping On $1 A Day (Or Less!)

Edible landscaping isn't only for the rich! For less than $1 a day you can have the edible landscape of your dreams. Get my ebook to learn how.

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Mar 28, 2014

Apache, OK (US): 10th Annual Lavender Festival

Saturday, June 14 2014

9 am to 4 pm at the Lavender Valley Acres Farm

Food and plant vendors, including food and drinks made with lavender

Lavender soaps, candles, etc for sale

Live entertainment and drawings every hour

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Mar 26, 2014

Backyard Landscaping Ideas For Your Edible Gardens

Useful backyard landscaping ideas and tips on how to design edible landscaping in the backyard so as to fit your lifestyle.

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Mar 26, 2014

Antrim, Northern Ireland (UK): Garden Show Ireland

Visit the Garden Show Ireland at the Antrim Castle Gardens, 9th-11th of May, 2014

See show gardens, plant vendors, and lectures from Alys Fowler and Helen Dillon on Friday, as well as the Grow your own veg workshops over the entire weekend with Geoff Stebbings, former editor of Garden Answers, and demonstrations from the chefs in the Garden Marquee.

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Mar 24, 2014

Orion, MI (US) - Miller Landscape Inc.

Miller Landscape Inc. has been serving all of South East Michigan for over 45 years. Founded in 1966, Miller has grown to be a premier, full-service

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Mar 22, 2014

Twisted roots!

I live in southeast arizona. We moved into our house may last year and there was a tree i was unsure of. It looked pitiful about 7 feet tall, thin trunk,

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Mar 20, 2014

about a pomegranate hedge

I have a sunny patch in my yard where I want to put a long pomegranate hedge but the area is only 4 ft between my house and a fence. Can a pomegranate

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Mar 10, 2014

Can pomegranates be grown in Ghana?

I am the ceo of kayslyn Group in Ghana and will like to know if pomegranate can be grown in Ghana and also which of your fruits can also be cultivated

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Mar 08, 2014

Oklahoma City, OK (US): From Chard to Chickens: Rethinking the American Kitchen Garden (workshop)

Saturday, March 15 from 8:30-4:00 at Myriad Gardens -- I will be attending!

Day long workshop covering design, specific cultivars that do well in Oklahoma weather, and pest strategies. Speakers include Tres Fromme, Brian Pirtle, Rosalind Creasy, and Samantha Snyder.

Book sales and signings also available.

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Mar 04, 2014

Ecological Gardening: An Interview With Jonathan White

Want a garden without weeds? Learn more about ecological gardening in this interview with garden designer and environmental consultant Jonathan White.

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Mar 03, 2014

Tasteful Yard Design Program Re-Opens!

I've decided to open the Tasteful Yard Design program registration again -- you won't have to wait for a particular "session" to join right away!

So if you're interested in a step by step online course showing you how to create your own edible landscaping, visit this page to learn all about it. :)

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Feb 28, 2014

Jackfruit Trees

I recently planted 2 Jackfruit tress = I brought the seeds back from the USA. I have them in pots and they are doing well - now about 40cm tall. The question

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Feb 25, 2014

March Edible Landscaping Events

Here are the edible landscaping related events that I know of so far for March:

March 1 -- North Vancouver, BC (CA): Seedy Saturday

March 13-16 -- Temecula, CA (US): permacultureVOICES conference

March 15-23 -- Chicago, IL (US): Chicago Flower and Garden Show

March 28-30 -- London, England (UK): The Edible Garden Show

March 29 -- Wye Valley, Wales (UK): Learn to Design & Plant an Edible Garden

Want to add your local event related to edible gardening?

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Feb 22, 2014

Carbondale, CO (US) - PermaScapes Unlimited

PermaScapes Unlimited, Inc. PO Box 1808, Carbondale CO 81623 (970) 510-5663 Serving the Roaring Fork valley and surrounding

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Feb 15, 2014

Donate To Edible-Landscape-Design. com

If this site has helped you and you want to return the favor, here is a way to donate to

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Jan 28, 2014

Drought Resistant Plants: An Interview With Horticulturist Jacki Cammidge

Live somewhere dry or becoming so? Learn about the types of drought resistant plants available for you and how to use them.

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Jan 28, 2014

Growing Spinach: Information On How To Grow The Best Spinach

Growing spinach can be easy if you know how ... read about how to grow spinach in your edible landscaping here.

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Jan 28, 2014

The Edible Flowers List

Here's THE edible flowers list for your garden! Choose from this list for edible flower arrangements, candied flowers, and edible flower recipes.

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Jan 28, 2014

Protecting Plants From Frost Damage: Frost Covers And Plant Protectors

Brr! Your tender edible plants appreciate winter protection. Learn the secrets of protecting plants from frost and enjoy your edible winter garden.

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Jan 25, 2014

pomigranite pips

I have always been told never to eat pips as they can cause obstruction in the appendix. Is this true and if so how can I get over this as the fruit its

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Jan 20, 2014

Fresh Tomato Recipes: An Interview With Renee Lortie

If you've grown tomatoes before, you've probably come across the problem of what to do with them all! I talk with Renee Lortie of Fresh Tomato Recipes to learn some of her favorites.

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Jan 15, 2014

Climate Zones In Edible Gardening

Understanding your climate can make the difference between a successful edible garden and a failed one. Learn about climates and how to use climate zones for your area.

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Jan 10, 2014

Edible Design School Announcement (please read)

About a week ago, I began getting some strange error messages from the third-party open source software (called Moodle) that I was using to run the Edible Design School, which includes the Tasteful Yard Design course and the Edible Landscape Artists' forum.

Because of this, I had to close the school and attempt to upgrade the software.

I have gotten a lot of help from both the webhost that the school was on (Bluehost) and the Moodle forums, for which I am very grateful.

However, after a week of working on this, I have decided that this upgrade is a) beyond my ability and b) not something I ever want to do again in the future!

On top of this, I have been unable to convey the value of the Tasteful Yard Design mentorship to you (and/or a comprehensive design course with me showing you exactly what to do isn'tsomething you want), and the Edible Landscape Artists' Forum is not being used much.

For these reasons, I'm going to take the Edible Design School in a new direction. More details to follow.

What does this mean for you?

My main site, Edible Landscape Design, will not change. The technical side is run by a company called SiteSell, which has an excellent uptime record (their sites have gone down only twice in the past ten years), and I still enjoy working with you very much.

Those of you already in the Tasteful Yard Design course will still get your coursework and your one on one attention from me. I'm going to have to figure out a way to get the group aspect of it re-established, and until that time, new registration is closed.

The Edible Landscape Artists' Forum will be down until further notice. If this is something you still want and are going to participate in, let me know. If I don't hear from you, I won't make this a priority.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you for your support of Edible Landscape Design!

Jan 08, 2014

Growing Rosemary: How To Grow Rosemary In Your Edible Landscaping

Need information on how to grow rosemary for your edible landscape? Growing rosemary can be a fun way to start your edible garden.

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Jan 07, 2014

UpBeet Landscapes, Garden Design/Consulting; Denver, CO

A good design will save you money, water and time. Growing conditions in Denver are changing, so it is more important than ever to Xeriscape correctly,

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Jan 03, 2014

Your Favorites In 2013

Happy New Year!

Rather than doing a boring top 10 for 2013, I thought I'd mix it up a bit. Here are some categories I found interesting, and maybe you will too (in no particular order):

1) Most visited page: the homepage, with almost 8,000 unique visitors in 2013

2) Page you found most interesting: Cacti and Succulents -- people stayed on average over 3 minutes reading that page

3) Page that got you hooked: Privacy Hedges -- over 99% of people that went to this page ended up wanting to read more!

4) Page update that you really wanted: Shade Gardens -- when I updated it, 696 of you rushed to that page in one day!

5) The Tasteful Landscape article with the most comments: Climate Change And The Edible Landscape

(get access to it by joining the Tasteful Landscape community!)

6) The garden from this year's photo contests that got the most interest: The Garden of Eat'n - Backyard -- over 400 people visited David's garden photos (from our "Love Your Garden" February contest) in 2013

7) The plant that you most wanted to grow: Pomegranates -- over 1400 people visited that page this year

8) The interview you were most interested in: Drought Resistant Plants with Canadian Certified Horticulturist Jacki Cammidge

9) The gardening question that got the most interest: Zone 3 Fruit Trees? -- almost 600 people read that this year

10) The state or province in my Edible Landscape Business Showcase that had the most people wanting an edible landscape professional: Gauteng Province, South Africa! -- almost 300 visited that page in 2013 looking for someone to help with their yards.

Hope you had a safe New Year's celebration -- have a great 2014.

Dec 10, 2013

Edible Privacy Hedges: Create A Natural Privacy Fence You Can Eat!

Need privacy hedges for your edible landscaping? Learn about edible, fast growing hedges for privacy and how to select plants to build them.

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Dec 07, 2013

Growing Kale In Edible Landscaping

All about growing kale in your edible landscaping -- ways to use kale to beautify your yard.

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Nov 25, 2013

why doesn't my pomegranite flower?

My pomegranite doesn't flower or fruit. Hi, JB -- There are a few reasons why a pomegranate might not flower: Your plant is too young. Many won't

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Nov 22, 2013

Limited Edition "Grow My Own" T-shirt!

Do you love to cook, love to eat, and love to "grow your own"? Declare your love of home grown treats with my first ever limited edition T-shirt.

The shirt is available until November 30th and will only be created if at least 20 people order, so don't miss out!

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Nov 20, 2013

Cool Gadget Gifts For Your Gardener

Looking for some cool gadget gifts for the gardener in your life? Here are some fun holiday gift ideas to help your loved one with their edible landscaping.

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Nov 05, 2013

Edible Front Yard Landscaping Ideas: Design Edible Landscaping That You'll Love

LOTS of edible front yard landscaping ideas: click here to discover which ones are right for you!

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Oct 30, 2013

Ataraxia Gardens

Ataraxia Gardens is a name I have given to the gardens around our house - some are ornamental and some are edible. Ataraxia means robust tranquility.

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Oct 30, 2013

Free Email Newsletters: Help With Your Edible Gardens

Want to learn more about edible gardening? Try my free email newsletters with support, edible gardening design resources and more.

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Oct 23, 2013

Plant Hardiness Zone Maps Around The World | Edible Landscape Design

Learn about the plant hardiness zone map and its limitations. Global, regional, and country hardiness zone maps from all over the world to help you with your edible gardens.

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Oct 23, 2013

Finding Your Planting Zone Where There Is No Map

Many countries have no plant hardiness maps, or the ones available are out of date. Here's how to find your planting zone when a current map isn't available.

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