Presentation on theme: "Edible Landscaping Lois Royer. College of Agriculture and Natural Resources."— Presentation transcript:
Edible Landscaping Lois Royer
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
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
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 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 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 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
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 Strawberries Blueberries Blackberries Currants Grapes Raspberries
Herbs accent any landscape
Start small and expand as you gain experience
Lovely structures can lend beauty to less showy plantings
Dare to be different
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 No-Yard Yard
The Hill Yard
The Row house Strip
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