In this episode we visit Brie Arthur in her garden where we explore foodscaping – or edible landscaping. Brie is the author of the book, Foodscape Revolution, so we couldn’t think of a better way to demonstrate this concept than visiting her own foodscape garden.
Landscaping and gardening have always been treated as two totally different practices. And yet, they have more similarities than differences. Brie shows us first hand how to mix vegetables in with those ornamental plants to create an edible landscape that’s both practical and aesthetically pleasing.
If there was ever a time for foodscaping to go mainstream, it’s now. With more of us at home and foot shortages part of our new reality, 2020 is the year to take advantage of growing food whenever and wherever we can.
Even though the concept of foodscaping has been around for a long time, most gardeners still tend to keep their food garden hidden – tucked away where their neighbors (and their HOA) won’t see. But a better way could be hiding veggies, fruit, herbs, and even grains in amongst trees, shrubs, and perennials. There doesn’t need to be a distinction between a landscape and a food garden.
We see firsthand how Brie mingles food crops in with ornamentals. Even crops you wouldn’t normally see growing in a backyard garden and certainly not an ornamental landscape such as wheat and barley – well, Brie grows them as an integral part of her landscape.
Simple Steps for Getting Started in Foodscaping
Brie offers a few simple steps that anyone can take to get started in foodscaping.
Step 1: Think about a few foods that you eat all the time and are comfortable cooking with. Garlic is a great example of a food that most Americans cook with regularly that is also very easy to grow and is usually imported from outside the United States.
Step 2: Identify the sunniest areas on your property. Then focus on those places you walk by the most.
Step 3: Put your highest maintenance edible plants there and incorporate some ornamental plants for camouflage. Make the most of the space you have and grow enough food to feel like you are changing some habits in your life.
We hope you enjoy this episode and that it removes some of those perceived barriers or limitations on where to grow food in your own yard. Afterall, encouraging more people to include edible crops in their home landscapes might be the best way for all of us to start growing a greener world.
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