Edible Landscapes

basket full of fresh vegetables Landscapes You Can Eat

Imagine a cool, crisp, refreshing salad full of color and flavor. Typically we head down to the local grocery store or, if we are really committed to fresh, locally grown produce, a neighborhood farmers market. What if, instead of a shopping trip, you could stroll through your own yard and harvest the freshest, most flavorful ingredients. There's a growing trend, often referred to as "edible landscaping", that provides just that.

harvesting vegetables in garden

Edible landscaping is the constructive integration of edible plants and trees in the midst of decorative plantings. The result is a landscape that serves a dual purpose – to beautify your property and feed your family. Similar design principles used for traditional ornamental landscapes are used to create edible landscapes except edible plants are substituted for non-edible plantings. Common edibles such as lettuces, vegetables, herbs and fruit trees not only provide the freshest produce possible they also add unique aesthetic appeal. In addition, there is the economic benefit of saving the cost of skyrocketing produce prices. As with any successful landscape, careful, knowledgeable planning will result in a landscape that is not only attractive and functional but flavorful as well.

woman picking ripe vine tomatoes

Whether your yard is large or small, level of on a hillside, it can accommodate an edible landscape. There are edible plants that are flavorful, fragrant and visually appealing for nearly any soil condition found in the Northwest.

  • Sunny Good Soil  Good for fruit trees and annual vegetables.
  • Rocky Poor Soil  Many herbs as well as potatoes can thrive in rocky, poor soils.
  • Shady Areas:  Rhubarb, raspberry, filbert/hazelnut, mints, chard, lettuce, asian greens and evergreen huckleberry all grow well in shade.
  • Wet Areas  Wet locations are suitable for some shrub fruits like blueberries and vegetables like cabbage and kale.
  • Hillsides/Walls/Decks  Climbing plants like pole beans, cucumbers, many berries and grapes often do well. Thimbleberry, red huckleberries and salad shrubs not only provide edible berries but help control erosion on hillsides.
  • Containers  Vegetables, tomatoes, peppers, lemons and limes and many more difficult to grow edibles can successfully be grown in containers because you have more control with soil, water and sun.

Including edible plants in your landscape requires planing and knowledge but the benefits are many.

  • Save Money  Produce and fruits are expensive.  Grow your own and take the savings to the bank.
  • Freshness  Nothing is fresher or tastier then harvesting fruits and vegetables from your own yard.
  • Rewarding  Eating what you grow is both interesting, inspiring and personally rewarding. You're going to love it.

What ever your reason to consider edible landscaping, Reynolds Landscape can help. We know Northwest plants, edible and ornamental, soil and climate and can help create a sustainable, edible landscape for you. Contact Us here for your next landscape project.

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