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Edible Landscaping

  1. 1. Emily Tepe, Research Fellow<br />University of Minnesota,Dept. of Horticultural Science<br />Edible Landscaping<br />
  2. 2. What is edible landscaping?<br />Why is it a good idea?<br />The U of M Edible Landscape and a few tips<br />Brainstorming<br />Questions<br />You’re inspired!<br />
  3. 3. http://www.kwaree.com/blog/tag/staking-tomato-plants/<br />http://z.about.com/d/gardening/1/0/R/9/OverviewSonny.JPG<br />http://www.bumblebeeblog.com/2008/02/<br />What is edible landscaping?<br />Gardening outside the rows…creatively<br />
  4. 4. http://www.gardenfreshliving.com/2009/02/the-canceling-of-the-west-coast-garden-shows-is-there-hope.html<br />http://youvegottoseethis.myhomeideas.com/see_this/2009/04/go-green-for-earth-day.html<br />http://www.rosalindcreasy.com/tomatoes-and-peppers-in-the-edible-landscape/<br />What is edible landscaping?(my definition)<br />The thoughtful arrangement of edible plants in the landscape to maximize their aesthetic appeal, production and resistance to pests.<br />Treating edibles as ornamentals<br />
  5. 5. Why try edible landscaping?<br />
  6. 6. http://miyouthandfood.msu.edu/projects/index.html<br />Best of both worlds – edible & ornamental<br />Inter-planting reduces pests<br />New textures, forms, colors<br />Grow what you like best<br />Fun for kids<br />Responsible water use<br />Great conversation piece<br />http://www.rosalindcreasy.com/tomatoes-and-peppers-in-the-edible-landscape/<br />
  7. 7. UM Edible Landscape<br />A demonstration garden<br />
  8. 8. Week of May 18, 2009<br />
  9. 9. Week of May 18, 2009<br />
  10. 10. Week of June 15, 2009<br />
  11. 11. Week of June 15, 2009<br />
  12. 12. Week of July 10, 2009<br />
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  15. 15. Timing – Habit - Requirements<br />
  16. 16. A few plants to try<br />
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  18. 18. Easy to Incorporate<br />Kales & mustard greens<br />Leaf<br />lettuces<br />Chard<br />
  19. 19. Variety & Interest<br />Beans & peas on trellis for height<br />Peppers variety of color & size<br />Strawberries for groundcover<br />
  20. 20. Shrubs & Bushes<br />Blueberries<br />Currants & gooseberries<br />Raspberries<br />
  21. 21. Creativity Required<br />TomatoesCreative trellising<br />Eggplant<br />Color & form<br />SquashKeep size in mind<br />
  22. 22. Herbs Everywhere!<br />Basilmany colors & flavors<br />Sagetexture & color variety<br />Thymewith small-flowered annuals<br />
  23. 23. Edible Flowers<br />
  24. 24. Edible Flowers<br />Winter Rye<br /><ul><li>Helps feed soil micro-organisms
  25. 25. Adds organic material to soil
  26. 26. Grows well late in fall, resumes in spring
  27. 27. Prevents erosion, aids in spring weed suppression
  28. 28. Plant 2-3 weeks before frost, till in 30 days before planting</li></li></ul><li>What’s happening in 2010?<br />MN Landscape Arboretum <br />Powerhouse Plants June – October<br />St. Paul Campus demonstration garden<br />“Veggies by the Yard”<br />5 designs – 50 square feet<br />Master Gardeners replicating plantings across the state<br />
  29. 29. Let’s Brainstorm!<br />Qualities for use in the landscape<br />What about this plantwould make it work wellin the landscape?<br />Ideas for use in the landscape<br /><ul><li>Groundcover? Mass planting? Border? Hedge? Foundation? Edging? Container?
  30. 30. What other plants would it look good with?
  31. 31. What ornamental could you replace with this edible?</li></li></ul><li>Height: 3 to 5 feetSpread: 2 to 3 feet<br />Color: light green to purple/bronzeTexture: fringy<br />Flowers: light yellow umbels<br />
  32. 32. Mizuna Mustard<br />Height: 8 to 15 inches<br />Spread: 6 to 12 inches<br />Mounded form<br />Deeply serrated leaves<br />Texture: fringy to jagged<br />
  33. 33. Height: 2 to 6 feet<br />Spread: variable depending on pruning<br />Spread by underground rhizomes…..Yikes, what to do?<br />
  34. 34. Resources<br />Web:<br />UM Edible Landscape Bloghttp://umediblelandscape.blogspot.com/<br />UM Extension: Garden Infohttp://www.extension.umn.edu/<br />Rosalind Creasy’s Edible Landscape Pagehttp://www.rosalindcreasy.com/<br />Books for inspiration:<br />All in One Garden by Graham Rice<br />Creative Vegetable Gardening by Joy Larkcom<br />The Complete Book of Edible Landscapingby Rosalind Creasy<br />
  35. 35. A few tips:<br />Remember timing, habit, requirements<br />Start planning early<br />Be creative…think outside the rows!<br />Think about combinations<br />Don’t be afraid to try something new.<br />
  36. 36. What edibles will YOU grow this year?<br />

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