Your salad and all your herbs could be within 50 ft
of your table as they are at this restaurant in California
Terraced polyculture makes efficient use of land,
water and light on steep slopes
Click to view pix of our handmade 10,000 gallon ferrocement
rainwater tank project,
/ Residential Landscapes
landscape mimics natural systems and replaces
plants that are strictly ornamental with plants
that produce food or are useful in various ways.
An edible landscape is an attractive, multidimensional,
species-rich, polyculture weave of fruits, vegetables,
nuts, animals. A well-designed residential landscape
will have colorful fruits and foliage, make efficient
use of water, fuel, money and time and be easier
Taste and Nutrition of Food: Nutrient content
and flavor in most plants is highest immediately after
harvest. The edible landscape provides fresh foods
which can be eaten minutes. In addition, many exceptional
and flavorful varieties not found at food markets
are available to growers of edible landscapes.
Food Security: An edible landscape reduces your
dependence on foreign food sources.
Food Costs: Some edibles are highly productive and
are more economical to grow at home than to purchase.
Having fruits and vegetables right outside your
home may help you add fresher, healthier foods to
your diet and makes meal preparation easier.
and Exercise: Growing your own crops can be rewarding
and fun; the exercise you get in the process can
help you stay fit.
Consuming locally grown produce can be an important
part of reducing energy inputs and protecting our
and Managing the Edible Landscape
food-producing plants need sunny locations and well-drained
soils. Certain fruit trees easily integrate into
a landscape and function in multiple ways - as shade
and/or flowering trees as well as edibles. Smaller
fruiting plants can substitute as shrubbery and
some perennial herbs make nice ground covers. Both
can be inter-planted with existing ornamental shrubs
and ground covers. However, edibles, like vegetables
or seasonal herbs that are planted and harvested
frequently, should probably be planted in a garden
solely devoted to their production. This allows
you to amend and cultivate the soil without disturbing
the permanent plantings.
plants, like ornamental plants, require maintenance.
Maintenance can be reduced by planting the "right
plant in the right place," matching a plant's
growing requirements with the site conditions. When
growing vegetables, consider the season as well,
since they only grow at specific times of the year.
All plants require some pruning, fertilizer, and
water, as well as monitoring for pest problems.
Take special care to select pesticides and fertilizers
that are appropriate and safe on plants to be consumed.
the "fruits of your labor" is rewarding,
but sometimes challenging. Keeping up with ripening
fruits and vegetables may require weekly, or even
daily, monitoring during the harvest period. Highly
perishable crops will require either quick processing,
such as canning, freezing, or drying, or friends
and neighbors to accept the abundance.
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