Edible Estate art project in Woodbury now producing food

  • Article by: KIM PALMER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 7, 2013 - 9:08 AM

A garden/art project in Woodbury, dubbed Edible Estate, is now producing food – and bringing neighbors together.

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brotherkennyAug. 6, 13 5:58 PM

My wife and I grow a vegetable garden every year. I have always thought that if done correctly they have a certain attractiveness. I typically mix in a few tall annuals, like sunflowers or amaranth or other tall showy plant, which adds interest. The article is correct in that if you plant your plants relatively close together the shade produced by the crops prevents vigorous weed growth. There is a point of diminishing returns with this strategy though since if the plants are too close together they provide competition for each other. Another tip is to use leaves or grass clippings as a cover layer to prevent weed growth. You only need to take care not to place too much cover material directly around the stem of plants, since the mulch will decompose and could provide rot problems with your plants. However between the rows it works pretty well to prevent weeds and also adds nutrients and seems to keep the soil moister in dry periods. I like the tree branch trellises, I typically use windfall branches for that too, for green beans, peas and morning glorys. I tend to use a cordless drill and a few screws to attach the poles rather than cord or twine. I think this lasts a little better for the full season.

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shakingcoldAug. 6, 13 7:55 PM

Smell of composts, manures, exposed earth, decomposed plants and woods will get them allergies sooner or later. Save money on food, you'll spend more on allergy medicine.

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hitz0003Aug. 7, 1310:55 AM

It is still all very new to them, the responsibilities not yet tiresome and help abundant. Just wait a couple years when they owners get tired of the weeding and the neighbors are not so willing to help anymore, then do a follow-up story. Things will not look so rosy then...

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