Why plant a harvestable landscape?
Why not! Harvestable landscapes bring your favorite foods and products right to your own yard. How convenient! By planting a harvestable landscape, you increase your self-sufficiency, develop a connection with your land and neighboring gardeners, decrease your risk of hunger in times of need, and always have fresh food or herbs available to add to each meal.
What does a typical design look like?
From a glance, your space may not be recognizable as a harvestable landscape; bed lines are defined, focal plants are carefully located, the space flows well and offers various outdoor "rooms". But with a closer look, you will find treasures tucked in every nook and cranny!
The lavender, rosemary, sage, and lemon balm are strategically placed so their fragrance surrounds you as you brush them along the path. Grape vines crisscross the arbor above your patio, sweet ripe grapes hanging down for an easy summertime snack. Goji berries, blueberries, and honeyberries serve as foundation plants, creating a beautiful shrub border around your home and adding year round interest to your landscape.
Strawberries line the walkway and beg to be picked as you walk up after a long day of work. The salad greens are arranged between your car or bike parking and your door so that you can pick your evening salad on your way into the house.
Your new space is guaranteed to be inviting, beautiful, and bountiful every day of the year!
Do you install landscapes?
Daily Harvest Designs is a landscape design business only and is not licensed for landscape installation work. I focus all of my energy on creating the best design possible for your site.
Once your design is finalized, you may choose to install it yourself or hire a licensed landscape contractor. I have established relationships with several local landscape contractors and am happy to refer you to one for design installation. Many of the landscape contractors I work with do not have a landscape designer on staff, so our collaboration is essential in providing a full range of services for our clients.
Why "harvestable" and not "edible"?
Although "edible landscape" may be a more common phrase, my designs contain more than just food.
Do you weave baskets? Why not incorporate a coppice garden? Do you enjoy animal products? You might consider raising your own animals, such as ducks or chickens for eggs and goats for milk. Do you love honey? Incorporating bees into your landscape will not only offer you honey, you'll also be helping to support the bee population while increasing pollination in your area. Do you work with fabric? Why not try growing some plants and making your own dye? How about medicinal herbs?
Many common plants (some are even considered weeds) are actually great medicinals. Changing your relationship to these plants will shift the tiresome task of weeding into an exciting time of harvest! Do you need some garden trellises and stakes, or maybe want to make your own curtain rods? Plan ahead and plant a horse trough full of bamboo, which can also double as a barrier for that unsightly place across the street.
And of course, don't forget the edibles! These are also a major part of the harvestable landscape. Beyond the standard annual vegetable garden and fruit trees, there are perennial vegetables, a huge assortment of berries, and winter vegetable varieties that love our mild Portland winters.
What if I rent or don't have garden space?
Many harvestable plants can be grown in pots on patios or balconies. Please call or email to discuss your design goals and we will determine which design package that fits your needs.
What should I do with my bountiful harvest?
What a blessing harvest time can be. There are many resources for learning to preserve your harvest. Please see the resources page for ideas to get you started (coming soon!). I am available for one hour consultations to discuss food preservation tips and tricks and to help you create a harvest plan.
You may also consider donating your excess produce to neighbors or a local food pantry, swapping with other gardeners to diversify your garden bounty, or use your surplus produce for a harvest party!
In the future, Daily Harvest Designs plans to offer a variety of workshops. Please let me know what you are interested in. I would love to design a workshop for your small group or even help connect you with another local expert.