Using your favorite fruits and vegetables is the first place to start
Coeur d Alene, ID -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/13/2012 -- A newly published book by North Vancouver, British Columbia, landscape designer Senga Lindsay proposes that homeowners should ditch their lawns in favor of an edible landscape.
In her book, “Edible Landscaping: Urban Food Gardens That Look Great,” Lindsay says that anyone can create a landscape featuring their favorite fruits and vegetables. She says that regardless of project size, it can be done.
The first step, as with anything, is careful planning. You need to know how much space you have. You also must know what type of soil and pests you have in your area, and perhaps more importantly, what you like to eat. While some vegetables that are prolific producers might grow quickly and plentifully, it ultimately comes down to growing what you and your family want to eat.
"You have to be really truthful to yourself and admit what you will really eat," Lindsay said.
Another precaution that needs to be taken include making sure that the are you plant for your edible landscape received enough sun as most vegetable plants need to have at least six hours of direct sunlight per day, although some tend to be shade tolerant.
Starting small is also another good step in the process, Lindsay writes. The space you set aside for your edible landscape should not be larger that you can capably plant, weed and maintain from seeding to harvest. Initially, Lindsay suggests that you should plan for approximated four square feet of garden per family member.
Raised beds can add to the design characteristic of your dwelling. Adding a trellis to the raised bed also gives you more gardening space, as you can grow vining plants vertically. Raised beds, created with bricks or cement blocks, can also give you the ability to improve the quality of your soil.
“Edible Landscaping” contains design advice for redefining a multitude of outdoor spaces.
Numerous concepts, including utilitarian gardens, ecologically integrated permaculture gardens, and ornamental European-influenced designs.
HPotter.com (http://www.hpotter.com/trellises/) is an online garden center that offers outdoor decorations and garden supplies. H Potter offers small items, such as planters and trellises, as well as large items like patio furniture and gazebos.
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