One of my favorite fun things to do is to add Edible Landscaping to my displaying landscaping like shrubs, plants and flowers. It made my landscape textured and uniquely customized to me.
Edible landscaping is creating produce that is edible and essential to the food palate. If you are living in the southern part of the United States, you are probably able to have a year-round fresh fruits and vegetable and home for wildlife like bees, butterflies and birds.
Depending on the temperature of your area, you must be selective in the type of plants and vegetable suitable to the weather. For an example, choose prickly pear cactus for high heat and drought resistant area. Chokeberries, blueberry bushes, and some type of herbs like sage and rosemary can tolerant both heat and cold with occasional watering. Sage and rosemary are ground covering shrub as well, thus it is an excellent choice for your landscaping as well.
Edible landscapes have become more popular just recently because it kills two birds in one stone. With one single effort you get to have a productive beautiful garden not only glamorous your backyard but putting fresh organic home-grown food on your plate.
From the scratch, it is practical to start with trees and shrubberies. Plant them first before you attend to the smaller plants. It would help to compost your soil for the required nutrition. Inter-planting would be a great idea to keep pests away from your labor.
Always bear in mind that the focal point of creating edible landscaping is not just the type of produce but considering the overall aesthetic effect, color and texture coordination for a harmony presentation.
You can mix in containers, planters, wide bottles, recycled tires and pots into your gardening space and add ground cover plants like strawberry, oregano and thyme or others suggested earlier. As for in between raised bed, you can plant hedges like parsley, green onions and pansies. You can shape up your landscape with sunflowers, brussels sprout, asparagus, eggplants, zucchini, colorful peppers, squash and garlic along with cherry tomatoes, green beans and peas on a fence.
As I have mentioned earlier, growing edible landscape is not just for the produce, therefore, you must mix in other ornamental plants and flowers. Pumpkins, Pole beans, chives, dill and sage are those edible flowering plants that you could consider.
If you are considering a small orchard, there are many different dwarf trees for an example, apple, lemon, pears etc. It blooms beautifully in the spring, providing shade in the summer and produce to enjoy in the fall. To maintain the dwarf tree from the harsh weather, put 2 inches layer of mulch around the orchard to prevent weed and keep the moisture of the soil.
Considering placing a low fence to keep rabbits and other wide animals from destroying you landscaping garden.
Watering is probably one of the only chores in maintaining an edible landscape if you mulch adequately on your planting bed. So, to save cost in the water bill, I water the plants using a big rain water tank and hook it up with a water hose.
For a natural organic produce, I am using fresh compost fertilizer like coffee grinds, banana peeling, egg shells and others. Be innovative and recycle to reduce carbon footprint on earth.