Edible Landscapes

We like to say you can enjoy it and eat it too..

Edible landscapes are becoming increasingly popular as people are more interested in growing their own healthy food. Permaculture offers strategies for plantings where the individual plants work together to support their mutual health – “guilds“.

Combining perennials with annuals is a more efficient way of growing food, where the plants don’t have to be started from scratch every year.  Food Forests are associations of edible perennial trees, shrubs, vegetables in conjunction with annuals and other useful and ornamental plantings. The recent Beacon Hill Food Forest in Seattle is receiving  national press.

Keyhole beds, herb spirals and mandala gardens are creative ways for utilizing the patterns of nature for designing  creative layouts  for herbs and garden beds.

Community Gardens are getting more popular,  some going beyond the “pea patch” model where everyone has their own bed and tries to grow tall corn next to small basil.  Instead a “whole-systems” community garden design  (for example, the Lytle Road Community Beach Garden) can function more efficiently with annuals being rotated yearly, and the large plants in separate beds from the short plants.  The community has to learn how to share the work and produce in such a whole-system set-up, however.

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