Emily Tepe, Research Fellow University of Minnesota,Dept. of Horticultural Science Edible Landscaping
What is edible landscaping? Why is it a good idea? The U of M Edible Landscape and a few tips Brainstorming Questions You’re inspired!
http://www.kwaree.com/blog/tag/staking-tomato-plants/ http://z.about.com/d/gardening/1/0/R/9/OverviewSonny.JPG http://www.bumblebeeblog.com/2008/02/ What is edible landscaping? Gardening outside the rows…creatively
http://www.gardenfreshliving.com/2009/02/the-canceling-of-the-west-coast-garden-shows-is-there-hope.html http://youvegottoseethis.myhomeideas.com/see_this/2009/04/go-green-for-earth-day.html http://www.rosalindcreasy.com/tomatoes-and-peppers-in-the-edible-landscape/ What is edible landscaping?(my definition) The thoughtful arrangement of edible plants in the landscape to maximize their aesthetic appeal, production and resistance to pests. Treating edibles as ornamentals
http://miyouthandfood.msu.edu/projects/index.html Best of both worlds – edible & ornamental Inter-planting reduces pests New textures, forms, colors Grow what you like best Fun for kids Responsible water use Great conversation piece http://www.rosalindcreasy.com/tomatoes-and-peppers-in-the-edible-landscape/
Prevents erosion, aids in spring weed suppression
Plant 2-3 weeks before frost, till in 30 days before planting
What’s happening in 2010? MN Landscape Arboretum Powerhouse Plants June – October St. Paul Campus demonstration garden “Veggies by the Yard” 5 designs – 50 square feet Master Gardeners replicating plantings across the state
Let’s Brainstorm! Qualities for use in the landscape What about this plantwould make it work wellin the landscape? Ideas for use in the landscape
Groundcover? Mass planting? Border? Hedge? Foundation? Edging? Container?
What ornamental could you replace with this edible?
Height: 3 to 5 feetSpread: 2 to 3 feet Color: light green to purple/bronzeTexture: fringy Flowers: light yellow umbels
Mizuna Mustard Height: 8 to 15 inches Spread: 6 to 12 inches Mounded form Deeply serrated leaves Texture: fringy to jagged
Height: 2 to 6 feet Spread: variable depending on pruning Spread by underground rhizomes…..Yikes, what to do?
Resources Web: UM Edible Landscape Bloghttp://umediblelandscape.blogspot.com/ UM Extension: Garden Infohttp://www.extension.umn.edu/ Rosalind Creasy’s Edible Landscape Pagehttp://www.rosalindcreasy.com/ Books for inspiration: All in One Garden by Graham Rice Creative Vegetable Gardening by Joy Larkcom The Complete Book of Edible Landscapingby Rosalind Creasy
A few tips: Remember timing, habit, requirements Start planning early Be creative…think outside the rows! Think about combinations Don’t be afraid to try something new.