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MEEKS: Edible landscapes offer endless possibilities

Have you ever thought about having your landscape and eating it, too? Landscaping with plants that are both attractive and produce food is gaining in popularity. Edible landscapes combine fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and ornamental plants to create an aesthetically pleasing design.

There are many reasons to incorporate edible plants into your landscape; to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, to control the use of pesticides, to increase food security in your household, to save on grocery bills, to grow and try new varieties not available in stores and to garden creatively. Edible landscaping is as old as gardening itself but was largely lost in this country and replaced with the familiar shade trees, turf and foundation plantings. Recent years, however, have seen a new interest in edible landscaping.

So you decided you want to add edibles to your landscape, where do you begin? Many fruits and vegetables do best where they receive at least six hours of sunlight a day. Most also like well-drained soils. To start simply, consider a one-for-one substitution. Where you might would have planted a shade tree, plant a fruit tree. Where you would have planted an ornamental shrub, plant a blueberry bush. Edible plants come in all shapes and sizes and can performs the same landscape functions as ornamental plants.

Many common ornamentals can survival with minimal care, but edibles on the other hands require a certain amount of care to produce well. They will require extra watering, pruning, fertilizing and pest management.

The possibilities of edible landscapes are endless. By incorporating one or many edible plants, you can develop a new relationship with you garden and the food you eat.

Interested? If you would like to learn more about landscaping with edible plants join us at 6 p.m. April 16 in our multipurpose room for our Edible Landscape Class. Please register by April 9. The cost of class is $10. Registration forms can be found on our website below.

For more information on any program area, contact Houston County Extension at 478-987-2028 or drop by our office in the old courthouse, downtown Perry, 801 Main St. Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Visit our website at www.caes.uga.edu/extension/houston for more news about your local Extension office.

Source: Ohio State Extension, Edible Landscapes

DATES TO REMEMBER

Apr. 16: Edible Landscape Class, 6-8 p.m.

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