edible landscapes

Edible Plants That Will Increase Your Harvest

Edible Plants That Will Increase Your Harvest

When you think about growing food in your home garden, which plants come to mind first? Do you think of tomatoes, peas, green beans, cucumbers, and other veggies, or do you think of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and fruit trees?

Here’s a question to consider: If you could put in a little more planning up front to get a harvest with less effort later, would you?

How To Design An Edible Hedgerow For Your Homestead

How To Design An Edible Hedgerow For Your Homestead

Are you looking for a landscape design solution that will create privacy, increase your food production, provide wildlife habitat, and add beauty to your yard? Then, how about planting an edible hedgerow?

Wait, what’s a hedgerow? A hedgerow is simply a hedge of trees and/or shrubs that often borders a road, property line, or fence. Historically, hedgerows have been used for windbreaks, growing food, timber, and basket-making materials, and living fences. These are all great functions that be woven into your home’s edible landscape.

What Would You Like to Know About Edible Landscaping?

What Would You Like to Know About Edible Landscaping?

I’ve been getting a ton of edible landscaping questions lately from people planting their own edible landscape. Do you have any burning questions about the design process I’ve used for years to create custom edible landscape designs?  I'm collecting all of your questions so that I can focus my blog topics and help you succeed with your edible landscaping project. 

How to Have an Edible Garden Under Black Walnut Trees

How to Have an Edible Garden Under Black Walnut Trees

I’ve been asked the same question twice recently, “What edible plants can I grow under my black walnut trees?”. Well, I’m glad there are other people with this question, because since we moved to Wisconsin, I’ve found myself pondering that exact same question. The back portion of our 1/2 acre yard has about 12 mature black walnut trees (I’m not joking!).

If you haven’t heard of the gardening dilemmas around black walnut trees, here’s a super quick explanation of why gardening can be tricky near them. Black walnut trees produce a chemical called juglone that is released into the soil via the roots and also onto the soil through the leaves, stems, and nut hulls. Juglone is typically found in the soil beneath the tree canopy but can extend out about 60’ from the base of the tree. Many plants can’t tolerate juglone, and therefore won’t grow under or near black walnut trees.

How to Stay Connected to Your Garden in the Fall (and Winter)

How to Stay Connected to Your Garden in the Fall (and Winter)

Fall and winter pose an interesting challenge for gardeners. On one hand, it’s really nice to have some forced time away from your garden to rest, relax, and recuperate. On the other hand, if you’re in a cold climate (like me, in Wisconsin), you might start to feel pretty disconnected from your garden over the long and bitterly cold winter months.

Why You Need a Design For a Successful Edible Landscape

Why You Need a Design For a Successful Edible Landscape

A professional quality landscape design will ensure that your edible landscape and outdoor space are super functional, customized for you and your unique space, low maintenance, cost effective, and visually pleasing.

When Is The Best Time To Design Your Edible Landscape?

When Is The Best Time To Design Your Edible Landscape?

Have you been thinking about making changes to your landscape but can’t decide when to actually sit down and create a design? Well, if you’ve been asking yourself, “When is the best time to design my edible landscape?”, I have a short and sweet answer for you…

How Edible Landscaping Will Improve Your Life and The World

How Edible Landscaping Will Improve Your Life and The World

If you’ve taken my free training series on edible landscape design, you’ll know that my passion for edible landscapes runs deep. In the first video, I talk about my journey into this work and how my desire to make a positive difference in the world led me from ornamental landscaping to edible, medicinal, and permaculture landscape design. But what I don’t talk about very often is HOW edible landscaping can improve your life (and even the world).

10 Examples of Edible Gardens That Will Inspire You

10 Examples of Edible Gardens That Will Inspire You

Fall and winter are great times to create garden designs and plans. Whether you’re just getting started and need a full landscape design or simply making some changes to your existing garden, the colder months offer plenty of time to get your best ideas on paper.

Today I have a fun blog post for you. I’ve gathered ten inspiring photos of edible gardens from around the internet. They are all great design examples and offer creative edible landscape ideas for a variety of garden spaces.

The Best 5 Books for the DIY Edible Gardener

The Best 5 Books for the DIY Edible Gardener

If you're a gardener or lover of gardening books, you likely know that the gardening book selection is vast.  It can even be overwhelming.  When I lived in Portland, OR, I would spend hours just browsing books in the gardening section of Powell's Books (the best bookstore I've ever been to, by the way).  Libraries are often well-stocked with gardening books, too.  

I've put together a list of five gardening books that I absolutely love.  If you're overwhelmed by all the choices at your favorite book store, online retailer, or library, take a look at these books to get started.  Then search around some more and decide which other books suit your gardening (and learning) style.