Grow Your Own, Nevada! Spring 2012: Edible landscaping
EDIBLE LANDSCAPINGTurn Your Landscape into an Edible Ecosystem! Jana Vanderhaar Verdant Connections LA www.verdantconnections.com
OverviewWhat isEdible Landscaping?Why Choose Edible?A New VisionHow does it Work?Edible LandscapeExamplesGet Inspired!Resources
WHAT ISEDIBLE LANDSCAPING?A convenient way togrow vegetables,berries, fruits, herbs,nuts and ornamentalplants together, inattractive ways tomaximize aestheticsand minimize pests.Basically, you’retreating edibles asornamentals!
WHY EDIBLES?• Best of Both Worlds – mixing food producing plants with ornamentals in your existing landscape: no need to tear out what you have or create a farm to grow food• Saving water resources for food that you eat• Using herbs, vegetables and flowers to reduce pests• Great way to have fun and enjoy your garden to the fullest!
Edible Landscaping – A New Vision AttractRespect the Soil Reuse & Recycle Materials Beneficial InsectsConserve SaveWater EnergyEconomical Lawn Alternatives Living, Growing and Being Local
Respect the Soil Soil Food Web Diagram from http://www.soilfoodweb.com/Visit this website for microscope images of soil bacteria, fungi, nematodes, mycorrhizae, etc.
Conserve WaterDrip Irrigation in the Edible Landscape Drip Layout Drip irrigation for shrubs and trees
Conserve EnergyUse Trees, Structures &Vines to Shade
How Does It Work?Garden Design Tips• Select Edibles for their Color, Texture & Form• Create Balance & Repetition• Think Pathways & Seating Areas• Choose Focal Points that Please You• Add Vertical Structures such as Arbors, Trellises and A-Frames
Integrating Edibles in Your Plan Mint, Oregano, Chives As Ground Cover Semi-Dwarf Fruit Trees near PatioPlanter with Fruit Trees to Herbs near Thyme Shade DrivewayPerennial Edibles Kitchen Groundsuch as Coverasparagus,strawberries &Rhubarb Compost Area Production Garden & Chicken Coop
ChardSome Easy Edibles to Try Asparagus Culinary Sage Leafy Greens Compost Area Fruit Trees Berry Shrub Cabbage
The EdibleLandscape at theGreat BasinCommunity FoodCoop in Reno is awork in progress.Here you can seethe proposedplanting plans forthe existingplanters, mixingfruiting trees andshrubs with herbalperennials withproduction gardensfor summer andwinter crops.
The medicinalgarden willhave acollection ofplants that canbe used forsalves, teas,and tinctures.These plantsare also verydroughttolerant andthrive in ourhigh desertclimate.
GET INSPIRED!Remember to build soil, lookat plant requirements, andincorporate its habitPlan now for years to come –don’t do it all in one seasonBe creative… Think outsidethe beds!Talk with others and get thebest tips by sharing!
What Edibles will You Grow this Year? Share your ideas at www.growyourownnevada.com/
ResourcesWEB• Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy - http://www.rosalindcreasy.com/edible-landscaping-basics/• Mother Earth News – Organic Gardening and Guide to Wise Living http://www.motherearthnews.com/• Grow Your Own Nevada – Web for Nevada growers put on by UNR http://www.growyourownnevada.com/• Urban Homestead – Ideas for Self-Sufficiency in Urban Areas http://urbanhomestead.org/urban- homestead-definition• National Gardening Association: Great website for tips on what to do in the garden or what to buy from local farmers. Make sure you look at the zone you live in for planting tips. http://www.garden.org/ediblelandscaping/• Robert Kourik Garden Roots Blog – He’s the author of Designing & Maintaining your Edible Landscape Naturally (see books below) http://robertkouriksgardenroots.blogspot.com/BOOKS• Edible Landscaping: Now you can have your gorgeous garden and eat it too! 2010. Rosalind Creasy, Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, 407 pp.• The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping: Home landscaping with food-bearing plants and resource- saving techniques. 1982. Rosalind Creasy, Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, 379 pp.• Designing & Maintaining your Edible Landscape Naturally. 1986. Robert Kourik, Metamorphic Press, 370 pp.• The Book of Outdoor Gardening. 1996. Smith & Hasken, Workman Publishing, New York, 513 pp.• Sunset Western Garden Book of Edibles. 2010. Sunset Publishing Co, 304 pp.Jana Vanderhaar, RLA, Verdant Connections Landscape Architecture firstname.lastname@example.org
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