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anyone do edible landscaping?

I just got the book Edible Landscaping and am seriously thinking about ripping out our overgrown flower borders in the front and planting edibles instead. 

Re: anyone do edible landscaping?

  • We are in the process of converting our front and back yard from lawn to food producing, and are also taking landscaping and visual appeal into consideration. What is most important to us is reverting back to primarily native plants and flowers, as they take the least maintenance, do not have as many disease problems, and grow well. I also like the variety that they provide, as many are related to various commercial berries, but are not produced on a commercial scale. We feel flowers are important, and are planting NW wildflowers and other plants that bring benificial insects and bees into the yard throughout the front and back.
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  • We started a big landscaping project last summer and are putting in all native plants, many of which produce edible berries and nuts.  The trick is getting to them before the animals!  The rest attract bees, butterflies, birds, etc. so edible to them but probably not what you meant.


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  • Not yet, but we're considering it because our front yard gets a lot better sun the the back.  Would you mind sharing the title of the book?
  • Uh... I guess I do. I mean, its planting edibles right, as part of your landscaping? Yes, then I do!

    Although I am just starting and am looking to redo the whole front. I garden in front, because three giant beasts play in back! I do a little food gardening in back - my blueberries are there and I'm going to do a sweet potato tower - but otherwise I just work it in the front. I have some lavendar and snapdragons and other perennials among the foods. I don't think it looks weird at all -- but then its Seattle, lots of people do it and we're weird here - except for when my tomatoes overgrew my walkway. Lesson learned on that!

    I'll check out this book! Thanks!

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  • I'll have to check out this book. I tried planting broccoli in the flower bed along our front porch, but the cinderblocks always stayed really warm and it was a complete failure. Unfortunately, we have frequent septic issues (we rent, so nothing we can do about it) so I don't want to plant any edibles downhill of the cleanout. I really look forward to buying a house and being able to set up the landscaping "infrastructure" to be able to grow lots of fruits and veggies successfully.
  • image KatelynS07:
    We are in the process of converting our front and back yard from lawn to food producing, and are also taking landscaping and visual appeal into consideration. What is most important to us is reverting back to primarily native plants and flowers, as they take the least maintenance, do not have as many disease problems, and grow well. I also like the variety that they provide, as many are related to various commercial berries, but are not produced on a commercial scale. We feel flowers are important, and are planting NW wildflowers and other plants that bring benificial insects and bees into the yard throughout the front and back.

    Will you be my Oregon wife?  I have a SC wife and Jeff, but that's it.  Because your plan is totally awesome and I think I love you!

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    image KatelynS07:
    We are in the process of converting our front and back yard from lawn to food producing, and are also taking landscaping and visual appeal into consideration. What is most important to us is reverting back to primarily native plants and flowers, as they take the least maintenance, do not have as many disease problems, and grow well. I also like the variety that they provide, as many are related to various commercial berries, but are not produced on a commercial scale. We feel flowers are important, and are planting NW wildflowers and other plants that bring benificial insects and bees into the yard throughout the front and back.

    Will you be my Oregon wife?  I have a SC wife and Jeff, but that's it.  Because your plan is totally awesome and I think I love you!

    I would love to! When are you bringing the Nan-deer over here? We still have the kittens! Steven and I just about died when we saw the new picture of her.

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