The Garden of Eat'n - Backyard

by David Silvan
(Renton, WA, USA)

Watercress growing in my upper creek, next to one of my native edible ostrich ferns. Next to my Dulcis (Vegetable) bamboo patch privacy screen.

Watercress growing in my upper creek, next to one of my native edible ostrich ferns. Next to my Dulcis (Vegetable) bamboo patch privacy screen.

Watercress growing in my upper creek, next to one of my native edible ostrich ferns. Next to my Dulcis (Vegetable) bamboo patch privacy screen.
I carved steps in to a giant maple log, then planted Oyster mushrooms in the steps.
Using a Japanese landscaping style, I formed rock steps and interspersed herbs such as creeping Thyme, Elfin Thyme, strawberries, and edible Ostrich ferns among the steps.
I terraced an unruly hill in my yard in to garden beds, using copper treated lumber. At the top is my perennial asparagus patch, with annuals like the pictured elephant garden planted in rows below.

I have a dream of my 1/2 acre yard someday being a beautifully landscaped edible botanical garden. To achieve that I have the motto that if something is not edible it is a weed.

When landscaping with only edibles, it is amazing how much can be fit in even small places, resulting in much more food than my family could ever hope to eat. So, the bounty is shared with neighbors, friends, relatives, and wildlife. There is plenty to go around.

I have over 20 fruit trees scattered throughout my landscaping, including figs, peaches, cherries, apples, plums, pears, asian pears, olives, and more. I have a wide range of berries, including hundreds of varying kinds strawberries (alpine, everbearing, june bearing, etc.) used as groundcovers, evergreen blueberry hedges, salmon berry hedges, rows of terraced raspberries with pea gravel walkways in between, aronia berry hedges, and more. I could go on for pages like this.

Every year I enjoy discovering and adding more edible plants.

One thing I wanted add about the stone steps is that the fun of planting herbs like Corsican mint and other herbs among the steps, like I have done, is that as you walk among them you can smell the wonderful scents that come from your feet brushing against the herbs. My personal favorite is Corsican mint.

Things that are not pictured, which I also have in my backyard Garden of Eat'n are my spring fed pond, my lower creek, my terraced raspberry rows, my evergreen Bay Leaf hedges, fruit trees used as if they are landscape trees, lots of pathways lined with evergreen huckleberries and other berry bushes, garden rock terraced planters, raised garden beds, etc.

Besides myself, bees, my kids, and wildlife love my yard.

Related pages:

How to grow strawberries

Growing blackberries, raspberries, and other brambles

Culinary herbs

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