Edible Landscaping for Beginners: The Steps of the Plan!

Once all your prep work has been thoroughly completed gather up all your lists and get ready to design the plan for your edible landscape. When making an edible landscape plan it is important to keep all of your end goals in mind along with the time it will take to reach those goals. Purple Podded Pole Beans Time as a Factor of a Plan Time is a significant consideration when planning your garden.  It's a factor that really effects every other aspect of the plan.  In the short term time will be a factor in planting your annual edibles.  You will have to determine when to start planting and when to harvest.  We also have the seasons to consider: cool season, warm season, and the transitions in between.  Time is a factor in the production of fruits from shrubs, trees, and vines which need a couple years to mature…

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Edible Landscape For Beginners: Design Inspiration for Your Garden Plan

Whenever you start to design an Edible Landscape/Garden it helps to have some inspiration to use as a guide.  You may have a ton of ideas in your head, but - trust me on this - sometimes those ideas don't always work!  It's never a bad idea to have some backup ideas or to just research those ideas to see if they would work well in your garden.  There are also times when you are lacking inspiration and need to get some ideas flowing.  Today let's look at a few ways you can get ideas to help design your edible landscape plan. Use Your Head! We're brainstorming right now so go ahead and use your own brain to write down every idea you might like to implement in your garden.  It doesn't matter at this point how far fetched the idea is just write it down.  It can be easily…

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Edible Landscaping for Beginners: Your Edible Growing System

An important thing to consider on your way to developing an edible landscape is how you want to grow your plants.  What growing system do you want to use? As part of your plan you will need to figure out how you want to structure your garden and the growing system you choose can provide that structure. There are several basic systems you can choose from to grow your edible landscape.  You don't have to tie yourself down to one system.  Feel free to pick what works best in your garden and what you find interesting.  Growing your plants in a method that you are passionate about is very important! Raised Beds Raised beds are one of my favorite methods to grow my edibles because of their benefits.  Herbs, vegetables, and fruits can all be grown successfully.  Raised beds provide a rich soil that you have control of, have good…

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Edible Landscaping for Beginners: Evaluate Your Garden

After you have a good list of the elements your edible landscape needs and you have pieced together a solid "To Grow" list you need to evaluate what you already have in your garden.  Some people might put this step first and that's OK but if you do your evaluation after you decide what you want to grow you can see more easily how to put those elements together. List Your Edibles From: 4 Tomato Growing Tips Create a good list of any edibles you already have growing in the garden.  Include their location, how many you have, and how productive they are.  If plants are unproductive it doesn't make any sense to keep them growing in the same way.  Unproductive plants should be moved or replaced. In some cases the plants may have depleted the soil they are growing in and need amended with compost or fertilizer.  Sometimes plants…

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Edible Landscaping for Beginners

This week we began a series of posts on edible landscaping.  Below you will find several articles to get started on creating a productive and beautiful edible landcape.  There are many more articles to come in this series so please check back or bookmark this post for updates! How to Begin a Plan Create a "To Grow" list, identify a what you can grow and when you can grow it as a first step in creating a good edible landscape plan. Read about how to begin an edible landscape plan! Elements of a Sustainable Edible Landscape Plan An edible landscape needs to be a sustainable system.  Learn what elements need to be present to have a sustainable edible landscape! Read about the elements of a sustainable edible landscape plan. More Elements of the Plan Crop rotation, fertilization, and weed control are just three elements of several others in a sustainable…

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Edible Landscaping For Beginners: More Elements of a Good Plan

In this continuing series of edible landscaping we're going to discuss more elements that should be in the sustainable edible landscape plan. In the last post we brought up the importance of good soil and water systems as well as having a good way to take care of pests.  If you're new to this series of posts please check out the first post on how to begin an edible landscape plan.  Today we're going to plan for a system of crop rotation, weed control, fertilization and a few other miscellaneous elements that many people might overlook. Elements of a Sustainable Edible Garden Plan Crop Rotation Crop rotation is an essential part of a healthy garden system.  Every crop you grow will have different needs based on the type of plant grow.  A heavy feeder like corn is going to use up a lot of available nitrogen in the soil and…

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Edible Landscaping for Beginners: Elements of a Sustainable Plan

In my last post I told you how to begin planning for an edible landscape and how to determine what to grow. Today let's examine what elements you need to incorporate into the plan.  With an edible landscape we need to focus on one thing: sustainability.  Sustainability is a word used a lot these days and for our gardening goals we're using it to describe an edible landscape that can replenish itself with as little use outside resources as possible. Once you have put together your To Grow list identify anything that may need special care because you will need to account for these items.  Those elements could range anywhere from structured elements like trellises to soil additives to make things more acidic. Elements of a Sustainable Edible Landscape Plan: A Good Soil System The most essential part of any sustainable edible landscape is the soil.  Most subdivisions in our…

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Edible Landscaping for Beginners: How to Begin a Plan

There is a trend emerging, a very good trend, toward homeowners filling their garden with edible plantings. Homeowners are trading out ornamental plants for the practical plants that produce food and nourishment for themselves.  How does a gardener begin with changing their landscape into a practical edible garden?  You might be surprised.  Try creating your "foodscape" by starting at the grocery store.  You read that right, the grocery store!  To make a garden plan you have to know what you want to grow and analyzing your food purchases is the best way to start. How to Start Planning Your Edible Landscape Create a "To Grow" List While you shop for your normal groceries take note of everything you purchase that you can grow at home. Take your receipts and write down the things you purchase to try to recognize any trends in your purchases. What do you buy the most…

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On Pepper Plants and Gender

Maybe you've seen the picture that is floating around the internet.  In the picture there are two peppers.  One has three lobes and the other four with captions that claim one is female and the other is male.  It also claims that the male produces fewer seeds than the female.  This completely incorrect information. The fruit of a pepper plant (or any plant) is genderless.  The whole point of the fruit on a plant is to produce seed it does not begin the process, it is the product of it. The flowers on a pepper plant are perfect flowers which means it has both the male (anthers) and female (stamen) reproductive organs. Peppers can self pollinate and do not need a second pepper plant around for cross pollination. Do the "male" peppers produce fewer seeds or taste better than "female" peppers?  It all has to do with the variety of…

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How to Make an Indoor Decorative Herb Planter Out of a Birdfeeder

The cold temps are keeping you indoors and you are going stir crazy.  You need to do something in the garden, with the garden, or for the garden and the seed catalogs showing up in your mailbox just aren't good enough to get your gardening fix.  Then do this - plant an indoor garden!  Recently I put together a small herb garden that I made from a decorative bird feeder I found at Lowe's.  All materials for this herb planter project were supplied by Lowe's Creative Ideas. Read on to see how I made this decorative herb planter out of a bird feeder! First I gathered my materials for the project which consisted of the bird feeder, sheet moss, two plastic water cups, LED puck lights, soil, and of course some seeds (basil and chives).  Unfortunately my local Lowe's did not have seeds available yet but I had more than…

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