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EDIBLE LANDSCAPING. Sub title Lois Royer [email protected] Sometimes creativity is needed to grow your own food. If all the sun is in the front yard If there is no backyard If you want a productive alternative to the lawn If you like to experiment.

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Edible landscaping

EDIBLE LANDSCAPING

Sub title

Lois Royer [email protected]


Sometimes creativity is needed to grow your own food

Sometimes creativity is neededto grow your own food

  • If all the sun is in the front yard

  • If there is no backyard

  • If you want a productive alternative to the lawn

  • If you like to experiment


Respect your neighbors while challenging tradition

Respect your neighbors while challenging tradition

  • The lawn has been highly valued for many years

  • Some Home Owners Organizations will not like a front yard veggie garden

  • Most neighbors are more flexible than you might expect


Gardens can help neighbors connect and learn

Gardens can help neighbors connect and learn

  • Keep your garden attractive where highly visible to others

  • Share the goodies when possible

  • Talk to people about your plants

  • Consider helping others grow food in their yards too


Vegetables have needs

Vegetables have needs

  • Full sun is best, over six hours per day

  • Water requirement usually higher than most ornamentals

  • Many need more fertilizer than flowers for best yield

  • Might need staking or trellis


Plan for growth and harvest

Plan for growth and harvest

Most Vegetables are annuals

Some are slow to fill in while others rapidly sprawl

Plan for holes in the landscape as plants are harvested

Some plants are just never that attractive


Some veggies can be beautiful

Some veggies can be beautiful


Fruits and nuts

Fruits and nuts

Many fruit trees require regular attention to yield properly, including pruning and insect control

Some varieties need two plants for fertilization- to get fruit


Small fruits are great options

Small fruits are great options

  • Strawberries

  • Blueberries

  • Blackberries

  • Currants

  • Grapes

  • Raspberries


Herbs accent any landscape

Herbs accent any landscape


Start small and expand as you gain experience

Start small and expand as you gain experience


Lovely structures can lend beauty to less showy plantings

Lovely structures can lend beauty to less showy plantings


Dare to be different

Dare to be different


Reinventing the yard

Reinventing the Yard

Wonderful article in the July 2009 issue of the Baltimore Urbanite magazine

Scott Carlson discusses his experience with creating an edible landscape in suburban Baltimore

Jon Traunfeld of the University of Md Extension Office gave tips on redesigning typical urban landscapes for growing food

Illustrator Kimberly Battista provided lovely drawings to bring the gardens to life.


The shade yard

The Shade Yard


The no yard yard

The No-Yard Yard


The hill yard

The Hill Yard


The row house strip

The Row house Strip


Edible landscaping

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Edible landscaping

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