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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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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

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
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.

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Resources

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