How To Plan Your Edible Yard

Food production garden

Food production garden

Food production garden
Edible garden for entertaining
Children's play area

September 2, 2014

The saying goes that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. So any worthwhile project starts with planning.

What do you want your yard to look like? What do you want it to do for you?

A yard that's focused on food production will look much different than a yard that's focused on entertaining adults, which will look very different from a yard designed to be a play area for children.

Each yard can be done entirely in edible landscaping, but the plants you choose for these yards could end up being very different, because the area is being used for different things.

Start with a list of the things you'd like to do and have in your yard. Planning is free! Here are some suggestions:

  • window boxes with strawberries or edible flowers
  • a front yard path bordered with herbs
  • a water feature, such as a pond, fountain, waterfall, or bird bath
  • garden decorations
  • space for entertaining guests
  • edible hedges along your front porch or around your backyard to give a sense of privacy
  • a mailbox or driveway planting
  • an outdoor kitchen (very practical for those who want to save money on air conditioning in the summer!)
  • a patio
  • raised planter boxes in interesting patterns, shapes, or materials
  • an outdoor spa area around your hot tub, swimming pool, or where you can place a hammock or build a gazebo
  • an arbor leading along a path or outside your front door covered with edible vines such as kiwifruit, roses, or grapes
  • a mandala or maze with edible plants
  • an herb spiral
  • a special theme garden around a color (for example, all white), a culture (a Japanese garden), a time period (a Victorian garden), or a hobby (a garden devoted to sundials or ships or surfboards)

The possibilities are endless.

If you spend some time thinking about what you want and talking with the others who live in your home about what you'd like your edible yard to do for you, you'll end up using it more, as well as enjoying it more.

Think outside the box! It's your property -- you do NOT have to do what everyone else is doing.

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