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  • 1. Emily Tepe, Research Fellow
    University of Minnesota,Dept. of Horticultural Science
    Edible Landscaping
  • 2. What is edible landscaping?
    Why is it a good idea?
    The U of M Edible Landscape and a few tips
    You’re inspired!
  • 3.
    What is edible landscaping?
    Gardening outside the rows…creatively
  • 4.
    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
  • 5. Why try edible landscaping?
  • 6.
    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
  • 7. UM Edible Landscape
    A demonstration garden
  • 8. Week of May 18, 2009
  • 9. Week of May 18, 2009
  • 10. Week of June 15, 2009
  • 11. Week of June 15, 2009
  • 12. Week of July 10, 2009
  • 13.
  • 14.
  • 15. Timing – Habit - Requirements
  • 16. A few plants to try
  • 17.
  • 18. Easy to Incorporate
    Kales & mustard greens
  • 19. Variety & Interest
    Beans & peas on trellis for height
    Peppers variety of color & size
    Strawberries for groundcover
  • 20. Shrubs & Bushes
    Currants & gooseberries
  • 21. Creativity Required
    TomatoesCreative trellising
    Color & form
    SquashKeep size in mind
  • 22. Herbs Everywhere!
    Basilmany colors & flavors
    Sagetexture & color variety
    Thymewith small-flowered annuals
  • 23. Edible Flowers
  • 24. Edible Flowers
    Winter Rye
    • Helps feed soil micro-organisms
    • 25. Adds organic material to soil
    • 26. Grows well late in fall, resumes in spring
    • 27. Prevents erosion, aids in spring weed suppression
    • 28. 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
  • 29. 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?
    • 30. What other plants would it look good with?
    • 31. 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
  • 32. Mizuna Mustard
    Height: 8 to 15 inches
    Spread: 6 to 12 inches
    Mounded form
    Deeply serrated leaves
    Texture: fringy to jagged
  • 33. Height: 2 to 6 feet
    Spread: variable depending on pruning
    Spread by underground rhizomes…..Yikes, what to do?
  • 34. Resources
    UM Edible Landscape Blog
    UM Extension: Garden Info
    Rosalind Creasy’s Edible Landscape Page
    Books for inspiration:
    All in One Garden by Graham Rice
    Creative Vegetable Gardening by Joy Larkcom
    The Complete Book of Edible Landscapingby Rosalind Creasy
  • 35. 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.
  • 36. What edibles will YOU grow this year?