Envision looking out from a window in your home and seeing the delectable viands of a tossed salad. Visualize the invisible Pick Your Own appellative posted amidst the feast
flourishing in the boundaries of your yard. This imagined masterpiece can be actualized when you concoct the esculent intricacies of an edible landscape design.

The notion of edible landscaping was formalized in the 1970s by food and landscaping virtuoso Rosalind Creasie. Broadly defined as the intentional sowing of food-producing plants, trees, and shrubs in residential areas, edible landscaping is now considered the ultimate locavore act.

The rewards for shaping your own edible landscape are congruent with purchasing fruits and
vegetables from your local farmer except for one important point, you are the commander of your yard’s edible beauty. The additional benefits of designing your own edible landscape are vast and include: having the ability to control the types and quantities of chemicals (if any) you want to use on your backyard harvest, saving on grocery bills, devouring the succulence of ripe fruits and vegetables hand-picked from home, ensuring the security of the food you provide for your household, hand-selecting unusual plants unavailable in the stores, enjoying the sensory pleasures of playing outside in the dirt,

While these benefits seem to parrot the rewards of traditional gardening, the distinction between these methods is that edible landscaping marries the desirable characteristics of gardening and landscaping to create delicious beauty. Edible landscaping further individuates from traditional landscaping, which often involves placing aesthetically appealing plants to beautify a lawn without much focus on plants’ bounty-producing capabilities. Instead of simply planting crops that you prefer or that easily proliferate in your soil, edible landscaping encourages you to carefully orchestrate a design that adduces your yard to acquiesce and unroll its kaleidoscope of colors, shapes, and textures.

When contemplating your property as the backdrop to your edible landscape, there are a
number of points to consider before the work can begin. Principally, you should perpend the location of your yard in relation to a number of environmental factors such as the amount of
sun traversing your property at given points throughout the day, water supply, and health
of the soil. Then take into account the amount of space on the palette of your yard to accommodate the growing needs and tendencies of each plant, tree, and shrub. Timing and care of your edible landscape are vital considerations to ensure vibrant productivity and synchronicity in edible yields. Lastly, you must ponder what to include in your edible landscape that will be alluring, enticing, and exquisite.

By creating an edible landscape, you are not only extracting and enhancing nature’s loveliest features, you are contributing to the revivification of the land under your feet and the harmonizing of the encompassing environment.  Moreover, you are consciously nourishing yourself and the people around you and creating a better world.

 

 

*Broccoli landscape image from BBC News *Circle pattern image from Natural Home & Garden

*Fruit image from Edible Landscaping Facebook Page