Edible landscaping has been around as long as gardening itself and is growing in popularity. It’s no longer your grandma’s garden, withrow after row of the same vegetable in a square plot. And no longer do you have to keep your fruits separate from your vegetables.These days, creating an edible landscape means combining fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers (both edible and ornamental). Your landscape can be beautiful and sustainable.There are many factors to consider when planting an edible landscape...
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To repel insects, marigold, garlic, onions, chives,
catnip, horehound, basil, tansy, mint
To attract predatory insects (ie; lady bugs
and bees), that eat pests, dandelions dill,
parsley, carrots, coriander or parsnip
To deter fruit borers, plant garlic around fruit trees
To repel pests, pair tomatoes and basil
To improve growth, pair tomatoes and bee balm
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Sources: University of Floridaâ€™s Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciencesâ€™s Gardening Solutions (GardeningSolutions.ifas.ufl.edu)
and Be a Floridian campaign (BeFloridian.org)
Story by Lisa Burns & Photos by Dave Burns, Contributing Writers
Edible landscaping has been around as long as gardening itself and
is growing in popularity. Itâ€™s no longer your grandmaâ€™s garden, with
row after row of the same vegetable in a square plot. And no lon-
ger do you have to keep your fruits separate from your vegetables.
These days, creating an edible landscape means combining fruits, veg-
etables, herbs and flowers (both edible and ornamental). Your landscape
can be beautiful and sustainable.
There are many factors to consider when planting an edible landscape:
what, when and where to plant; access to the garden; and maintenance
schedule. The rule of thumb for most edibles is to plant in well-drained soil
and in direct sunlight. Many smaller fruit trees, like blueberry or elderberry,
can be planted as hedges, while raspberries and tomatoes can be trained
to cover your fence or arbor. Consider companion planting vegetables and
herbs both for pest control and ease of maintenance. Edible flowers includ-
ing roses and marigolds will add aroma, color and flavor to your landscape.
Always be sure to properly identify and research before eating any flower.
In Florida you can plant all year but check with your local extension
office to learn when to plant specific edibles. Edible landscapes tradition-
ally are planted right in the ground, but there are other options, includ-