(608) 354-8228



Edible Landscapes

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 2:19 PM

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.  Gardening is an instrument of grace."     
-Mary Sarton 

Want to save money on your grocery bills?

Want to invest in your landscape and increase your home value?

Looking for way to improve your health and benefit the environment at the same time?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then perhaps Edible Landscaping is for you.

I was recently asked to give a talk at the Spring Tonic Festival in Lenox this month (March 23, 2013) and I have had the great opportunity to spend some time learning about ways to incorporate Edible Plants into the design work that I do.

The best book that I have found is titled, Edible Landscaping:  Now You Can Have Your Gorgeous Garden and Eat It Too! by Rosalind Creasy. (Sierra Club Books-San Francisco)  

Rosalind is a landscape designer, garden writer and photographer, and leading authority on edible landscaping.

Book includes great color pictures, planting ideas, tips on how to design and much more.  Inspiring, informative and complete.

Some points to consider before you get started.

1)  How much time/resources do you have to spend on your landscape?

2)  What are your soil conditions? pH level?  Get your soil tested.

3)  Right Plant-Right Place.  KEY FACTOR!  Site selection for your plants is critical

4)  Start small.  New gardeners have a tendency to plant too much to quickly.  Select 5-10 plants and get to know them very well.  

5)  Map out your yard-make some drawings of your entire landscape-get the bigger picture-and to help you identify what your priorities are.

I have chosen 10 plants to focus on as a starting point.  I tried to select plants that were relatively easy to grow and that are  hardy for our growing zone (5) in Western Massachusetts.

1)  American Hazelnut

2)  Black Walnut Tree

3)  Butternut Tree

4)  Rhubarb

5)  Lavender

6)  Lemon Balm

7)  Apples

8)  Raspberries

9)  Chives

10)  Blueberries

If you go to my Facebook Business Page you will find a lot of useful information on the above plants.

I also provide soil testing services and landscape design planning and implementation.

Contact me today at 413-348-4505


Categories: Landscape Design

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.


Reply jordan shoes
1:23 AM on August 29, 2021 
I'm writing to make you be aware of of the superb experience my child obtained checking your web site. She noticed several things, with the inclusion of how it is like to have an excellent helping spirit to get a number of people with ease master certain complicated things. You really surpassed my desires. Many thanks for producing those practical, trustworthy, edifying and also unique guidance on your topic to Gloria.
jordan shoes
Reply Cenalkaky
11:44 AM on August 30, 2021 
Reply bape
9:57 PM on August 30, 2021 
I enjoy you because of your whole efforts on this website. My aunt enjoys managing internet research and it's obvious why. Almost all learn all relating to the lively means you present useful guides by means of this website and therefore attract participation from other ones on that article and our favorite girl has always been understanding a lot. Enjoy the remaining portion of the year. You have been conducting a brilliant job.
1:27 AM on August 31, 2021 - how to buy stromectol
Reply SoxSnonia
11:23 AM on August 31, 2021 
Reply yeezy 700
10:43 PM on September 1, 2021 
A lot of thanks for all your valuable labor on this site. Gloria takes pleasure in carrying out investigation and it's really obvious why. Many of us notice all of the dynamic ways you make informative information on this web site and therefore strongly encourage participation from website visitors about this situation then our child is now discovering a lot of things. Take advantage of the rest of the new year. You are carrying out a really good job.
yeezy 700
Reply spongebob kyrie 5
3:12 AM on September 2, 2021 
I happen to be writing to make you understand of the beneficial experience my princess had reading your webblog. She came to find lots of pieces, including what it's like to have an amazing teaching nature to let many people easily understand specific advanced matters. You really did more than people's desires. Thanks for churning out those precious, dependable, explanatory and also cool guidance on this topic to Tanya.
spongebob kyrie 5
Reply kyrie irving shoes
10:53 PM on September 3, 2021 
Thanks a lot for providing individuals with a very special possiblity to read from this web site. It is often so pleasurable and jam-packed with fun for me and my office co-workers to search your site at the very least three times every week to see the fresh secrets you will have. And of course, I am certainly impressed for the terrific principles you give. Some 4 points in this post are really the most beneficial we've had.
kyrie irving shoes
Reply yeezy 350 v2
3:27 AM on September 4, 2021 
I'm also commenting to let you be aware of of the superb experience our princess obtained browsing your blog. She even learned lots of things, most notably how it is like to have a marvelous coaching nature to make other folks easily master specified very confusing matters. You really did more than my desires. Many thanks for giving these priceless, safe, educational and in addition fun guidance on that topic to Lizeth.
yeezy 350 v2
Reply yeezy
3:27 AM on September 4, 2021 
I am glad for writing to let you be aware of what a exceptional experience my friend's princess found reading through yuor web blog. She picked up numerous things, most notably how it is like to possess an excellent giving mindset to make the mediocre ones with ease fully grasp selected very confusing subject matter. You actually did more than our expected results. Thanks for displaying these informative, dependable, educational not to mention cool guidance on that topic to Julie.
Reply jordan 12
3:28 AM on September 4, 2021 
I precisely wanted to thank you very much once again. I'm not certain the things that I might have worked on without the type of basics discussed by you on this concern. This was the horrifying crisis for me personally, nevertheless looking at the very professional fashion you handled the issue took me to cry for contentment. I am grateful for your help and have high hopes you recognize what an amazing job you have been undertaking instructing the rest thru your web site. I am sure you have never encountered any of us.
jordan 12
Reply SamExhach
11:20 PM on September 5, 2021 - propecia online australia
Reply kd 13
3:57 AM on September 6, 2021 
I am only commenting to make you be aware of what a fantastic encounter our girl gained using your blog. She noticed plenty of pieces, most notably what it's like to have a very effective coaching mood to make folks with no trouble learn specific problematic matters. You actually did more than our own expectations. Thanks for supplying such warm and helpful, dependable, edifying and in addition fun guidance on your topic to Julie.
kd 13
Reply supreme outlet
3:59 AM on September 6, 2021 
I'm commenting to let you be aware of of the fine encounter my friend's child enjoyed using your webblog. She figured out such a lot of pieces, with the inclusion of how it is like to have an ideal giving spirit to have the mediocre ones just completely grasp a variety of complicated issues. You undoubtedly exceeded our expected results. Thanks for churning out those essential, dependable, edifying and unique guidance on the topic to Janet.
supreme outlet
Reply off white
3:59 AM on September 6, 2021 
My wife and i have been now peaceful that Edward managed to finish off his reports by way of the ideas he gained when using the web pages. It's not at all simplistic just to find yourself releasing helpful hints that many many people may have been selling. We really recognize we have you to thank for this. All the illustrations you made, the straightforward blog navigation, the friendships you assist to create - it's everything unbelievable, and it is helping our son in addition to the family understand the subject is exciting, which is certainly wonderfully important. Many thanks for everything!
off white
Reply supreme outlet
4:00 AM on September 6, 2021 
I needed to draft you that very little note to finally say thanks a lot over again on your breathtaking guidelines you have contributed here. It has been quite pretty generous of people like you to allow without restraint what a few individuals would have offered as an e book in making some profit on their own, especially considering the fact that you could have tried it if you ever wanted. Those concepts as well acted to provide a fantastic way to fully grasp someone else have the identical passion like my personal own to learn a good deal more in regard to this issue. I'm sure there are numerous more enjoyable situations up front for individuals who go through your blog.
supreme outlet
Reply gurcevy
9:02 PM on September 6, 2021 
generic viagra price comparison
Reply Propecia
8:43 PM on September 7, 2021 
Cialis Spedito Dall'Europa
Reply hermes birkin bag
11:02 PM on September 7, 2021 
I and also my pals ended up looking at the best tips and tricks located on your web blog and so all of the sudden I got a terrible feeling I never expressed respect to you for those tips. All of the boys became certainly glad to see them and have in effect definitely been enjoying those things. Appreciate your being very thoughtful as well as for having such good themes millions of individuals are really eager to know about. My personal sincere regret for not expressing gratitude to you earlier.
hermes birkin bag
Reply longchamp handbags
3:24 AM on September 8, 2021 
I really wanted to jot down a simple remark in order to thank you for the pleasant items you are writing on this website. My time intensive internet lookup has now been recognized with pleasant know-how to share with my close friends. I would declare that we site visitors are undeniably blessed to exist in a really good place with many perfect individuals with beneficial tips and hints. I feel somewhat lucky to have discovered the website and look forward to tons of more entertaining moments reading here. Thanks again for all the details.
longchamp handbags