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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