Each year Garden Design Magazine comes out with their top ten list of landscape trends for the upcoming year. Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting a different trend. Next up? Food in landscapes of all sizes.
There has been a conscious shift over the past few years that consumers are trying to eat healthier. They also want to know where their food is coming from and that it has been grown as pesticide free as possible. Because of this more and more people are looking to grow fruits and vegetables themselves.
It is a common misconception that growing edibles requires advanced gardening skills and large plots of land. This is not the case! Food can be grown easily and in a variety of small spaces. Incorporating food into your landscape plantings can be a fun and rewarding way to try a new type of gardening. Here are some ways to incorporate edibles into the space you already have:
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1 – Container Gardening:
Growing edibles in a container can be an easy solution if space is limited. Both pots on a deck or patio and hanging baskets can be an effective, and easy to maintain, way of growing. Be sure to pick vegetables that grow well together and like the same amount of light. The small size of these gardens makes watering and weeding a breeze. You can also grow a few different crops throughout the season. Spring crops such as Spinach and Radishes only take a few weeks from seed sow to harvest. They can also be grown at lower temperatures. By the time you are harvesting them you can clear out the pots and move on to warmer weather edibles.
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2 – Edibles In Existing Beds:
Some of our clients grow edible plants right in their foundation and flower beds. As long as the vegetables grown do not interfere with the health of the other plants than why not? You already have the bed space, might as well add to it! However, there are some things to consider if you are going to try this. Will the vegetables get enough light? Will they grow so large they take over the bed? Most edibles require additional watering…do the existing plants support that? Or will they be too wet as a result? Some research ahead of time can save you the struggle of finding out the hard way.
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3 – Fruit Trees as Ornamentals:
Many fruit trees have been bread to be small in stature. This means that their small size is perfect for little backyards! Their flowers in the spring, and fruit in the summer can add interest and beauty to your landscape all season long. Be sure to find out if the trees you have selected are self pollinating or if they require a second tree of the same species to grow fruit. If you are looking to add some fruit trees to your landscape be sure to choose hardy, disease resistant varieties and be aware of the mature size of the tree.
What will you grow this season?
For a full list of the trends visit: https://www.gardendesign.com/trends/2019.html