The principle of foodscaping is simple, because it just involves designing a garden in which edible plants are grown alongside your usual shrubs and flowering plants, instead of being relegated to a separate raised bed or plot.
By planting your own edible landscape you will be able to create a functional, sustainable ecosystem that will produce organic, fresh, tasty and inexpensive food while looking amazing!
Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial or annual vegetables, herbs and edible flowers can all feature in edible landscaping, producing veggies and fruit with little maintenance.
Vegetables are generally considered unattractive, but by incorporating Swiss chard, Kale, Scarlet runner beans, tomatoes, peppers and onions (which left to mature , have stunning flower heads!), they will look not only delicious, but gorgeous!. A pinch of lettuce, rocket and spinach along the edges of the border will maintain a good supply of salad leaves. Adding edible flowers like pansies, violas, nasturtiums and lavender will bring colour and taste to you meals.
To be totally successful at creating an edible landscape in your garden make sure you plant fruit trees for structure. Hardy small trees which will provide some shade and need little maintenance such as Apple, pear, Citrus trees, Kumquat and Olive.
Fruit shrubs can include raspberries, pomegranate or blueberries (which prefer an ericaceous soil).
Herbaceous edible plants can be planted around shrubs and trees.
No edible foodscaping garden would be complete without herbs so include Basil, much loved by butterflies and bees, Purple sage, chives, lovely feathery dill, and bronze fennel, coriander, chervil and thyme. Lemon balm smells gorgeous and is great groundcover, although it can be a bit of a bully and needs to be chopped back regularly to keep it in line!
Plant what you love, integrate your favourite edibles and garden plants.
Embrace foodscaping and enjoy the results!
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We at village gardens have a knowledge of all of your local edible plants here in South Africa. We can happily plant up your garden with edibles of all varieties from Mediterranean herbs and local indigenous edibles. We are surrounded by such stunning hardy indigenous plants, let’s get back to nature and have our own garden of local goodness.