As we began our search for a new home in 2010, I also began researching garden plans. I have had a square foot garden for a number of years and came across the topic of edible landscapes or a cooks garden in a gardening forum I frequent.
The idea is simple. Replace your ornamental plants in your landscape with
veggies/herbs. Replace or plant fruit trees instead of ornamental trees.
For my family, having an
organic vegetable garden
is a must. It provides education for my kids and all natural produce at a fraction of the cost we would pay retail. It's a win win. As far as going "organic" we use worm castings (poop) as our fertilizer of choice. Our worms compost all our scraps and we take the castings to use in our gardens.
(click here to start your own worm farm today)
But you can use any number of organic choices.
My plan for our flowerbeds are to have both perinneals and edibles intermixed. I will still have a few square foot beds.I will incorporate edible flowers and
a basic herb garden
container vegetable garden
will be included.
This is not a new concept. During the Great Depression, many turned their entire lawn into produce gardens. These were called Freedom Gardens.
So far, I have planted raspberry bushes, strawberries and blueberry bushes to my front beds. In the backyard, I have started my herb garden.
Here are my before photos and in the spring of 2011, I will post my current progress via video.
The following 4 photos were taken August 2010.
Here is what WILL be my herb garden.
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The next two photos are my front flower beds.
and here are my back flower beds. Can you see I have my work cut out for me????
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