HERE WE ARE IN 2023 AND EDIBLE GARDENING IS STRONGER THAN EVER
I wrote on this topic a few years ago. The idea of edible landscaping was just becoming popular. Jump to 2023 and edible landscaping is thriving with homeowners.
I want to share my personal story: At my previous house I had my vegetable and herb gardens in the front landscape. In between my foundation plants I planted blueberries. With my current house, a couple weeks ago I planted broccoli, lettuce, arugula, and spinach in the front of the house.
So, what exactly is edible landscaping? Edible landscaping is transforming your traditional landscape of plants and, either, replacing or incorporating plants that produce fruit or food. After living through the Covid pandemic these past few years, more homeowners are starting to realize the financial benefit of growing your own fruit and vegetables. And, a strong secondary gardening trend is eating more organically.
Backyards are starting to be transformed into growing small fruits and vegetables. If you think about it, it only makes sense. Why not have your flowering trees and flowering shrubs be fruit bearing in the landscape on your property.
REMEMBER: AROBR DAY IS THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 28TH. IT’S A GREAT TIME TO PLANT A SHRUB OR TREE. THIS COULD BE A GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR ALL CHILDREN TO BE INVOLVED WITH ARBOR DAY AND WITH THE PLANTING.
Are you ready to give it a try this spring? If so, come see us. We have a great selection of fruit trees, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, and other small fruit bearing shrubs.
Here are just a few basic tips that you need to know before moving forward with giving edible landscaping a try:
- Study the area. Think about what you would like to grow. Do you have the needed sunlight?
- Learn the growing dimensions of the fruiting trees and shrubs that you are considering. By learning this information it will help you to determine how many of the trees or shrubs you have room to plant.
- Soil preparation is critical for success when planting any tree or shrub. We want you to amend the soil with good organic compost such as Leaf Gro and Black Kow. Once the hole is dug, we want you to add some Espoma Bio-Tone inside the hole and mix with the soil. Bio-Tone is a starter plant food that promotes stronger root development and growth.
- Most fruit trees sold are either dwarf or semi-dwarf in order to be able to accommodate the smaller spaces available. Dwarf fruit trees typically grow 10 to 12-feet tall and wide.
- Once you have made your selection and planted your desirable plants then you need to be patient. It can take 2 or 3 years before seeing any fruit.
We pride ourselves with our selection of small fruits and fruit trees. When you are ready to talk growing fruit then come see us. We would love the opportunity to help you with this landscaping trend.
PLANT A LITTLE HAPPINESS WITH EDIBLE LANDSCAPING!!!!!!!!!!!!