No need for raised beds with this style of landscaping! By incorporating edible plants into your landscape, you can have an abundance of food and herbs year-round and all over your property. Herbs, vegetables, trees, and shrubs can all be incorporated into your garden. Learn more about the plants that do well in our climate and offer something tasty.
With the plethora of dwarf cultivars available on the market, there’s no need for a large orchard to have fruit trees. Apples, pomegranates, and citrus are all available in dwarf varieties at the nursery. You can also purchase trees as an espalier, a tree that is trained to grow flat against a wall or fence, for even more space in the garden.
Shrubs can have multiple uses too! Lavender, Rosemary, Pineapple Guava, and Sweet Bay are great evergreen choices. Blueberries, Currants, and Quince are deciduous shrubs that offer more year-round interest.
Artichokes, Garden Sage, Oregano, Lemon Thyme, and Fennel, are smaller than shrubs but still can be incorporated as strong elements in the garden.
Chamomile, Nasturtium, Parsely, Lemongrass, Leeks, Dianthus, and Scallions can be added to the garden seasonally to fill in gaps for summer.
Edible flowers can be used to decorate cakes and cookies, in ice cubes, or in salads.
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If you are limited on space, there are many edibles that grow well in pots, such as: Strawberries, Basil, Tomatoes, Carrots, Lettuce, Mint, and Thyme.
Remember…always refrain from using pesticides on edible plants! If you have to use an organic pesticide, be sure to read the label to find out when it is okay to eat it after spraying.
Happy Edible Gardening!