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November 9, 2010

Edible landscaping is a great idea that has been around thirty years


In hard economic times, landscaping your yard with edible plants takes on new meaning. Ros Creasy wrote Edible Landscaping thirty years ago and is is finding wider audiences interested in her work. Edible landscaping can be as simple as colorful lettuces and tomatoes beautifully arranged in containers or as elaborate as creating a yard full of beautiful and tasty treats.

You can go into winter with different kale arrangements combined with lettuces and Swiss Chard. Spinach does well as do the mesclun mixes. Arugula and mache are probably the most cold tolerant of the greens. Arugula can take freezing and thawing and still grow, while mache can survive sub-zero temperatures. Mache leaves have a soft and buttery texture and mild flavor. Arugula has deeply cut green leaves and a mild flavor that gets spicier with warm weather.

All of these can be put into containers or into borders where they will not bother the larger taller perennials. For the gardener, there's less weeding, watering and care involved and more comfortable weather to work in. Weeds will germinate, but they will not grow strongly during the short days and are easy to remove. Moisture holds in the soil longer in fall so the garden requires less watering. There's time to harvest plants as needed, knowing they will hold in the garden longer than if growing under high heat conditions.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at November 9, 2010 8:10 AM
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