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.
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.
How to grow strawberries
Growing blackberries, raspberries, and other brambles