How do you achieve a true four season garden using edible plants? The same way you do it with inedible plants. Let's look deeper.
Gardens which are beautiful year round have what landscape designers call "great bones". In general, what they mean is the essential parts of the yard look good:
If a yard has four season interest, all that is left is to add in annual plants at the appropriate times, if you want more food or color.
Here's how it works: Each month, enter your home's edible gardens in our monthly contest.
To do this, you'll need four photos of your yard (front, back and/or side) taken in that month, with a listing of what edible plants are in the photos. That's it!
Monthly winners receive recognition for their work by having their entry crowned, and are mentioned here on the website, and in my newsletters.
Seasonal prizes include a unique season crown badge which you can display on your website or blog, mention on this website as well as my newsletters, a gift certificate to your favorite online store, and other prizes.
If we get a great many entries in a particular season (or have a great many prizes donated!), we may have other contests in a particular month or season.
Some which have been suggested are:
Entries are given points for:
Also, the seasonal and four season garden contest entries will receive additional points for the total number of garden photos entered.
This means that the more months that you enter, the better your chances of winning!
(Food, harvest, and pet photos will not count in this tally. Although we would love to see them, this is a garden design contest, not a food, harvest, or pet contest.)
It's already begun!
But you haven't missed your chance -- when two or more edible gardens have been shared in each of the past four seasons, we will have a "four season garden" contest. So once this really gets going, we'll have one at the end of every season!
If you'd like your garden to be eligible, enter it! And continue to enter your yard in as many months as you like. As long as your garden is entered once in every season, it will still be entered into the four season contest.
Since the contest is so far off, I have only begun to collect prizes. The prizes so far:
I will be judging the monthly and seasonal contests.
When it gets closer to the actual date of the four season garden contest, I'll begin recruiting judges.
Would you like to talk about how your edible yard changes over the seasons with others who love home edible gardening as much as you do? Join the Tasteful Landscape community.
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