Gardens good enough to eat

  • Article by: KIM PALMER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 11, 2010 - 9:17 PM

The edible landscape trend is transforming lawns and gardens, both public and private, as more people experiment with mixing food plants with ornamentals.

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gregherlingMay. 12, 10 6:32 AM

in Germany we saw several "lawns" that were almost completely edible , --fruit trees , garden items and berries

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ricktftMay. 12, 10 6:48 AM

make great borders.

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pa5232May. 12, 1010:36 AM

You'll love it when your neighbors turn their front yard into weedy vegetable beds and mulch it with last years leaves to blow all over the neighborhood. Backyard great! Frontyard not so wonderful.

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LararoyMay. 12, 10 1:05 PM

Learn more about this topic at a Curiosity Camp offered through the U of M College of Continuing Education on June 28. For more information call 612-624-4000 or visit www.cce.umn.edu/curiosity. Julie Weisenhorn (interviews for this article) will be presenting.

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horochadMay. 12, 10 1:44 PM

Peppermint is a hardy perennial that spreads and makes wonderful, fragrant cover. We've got it growing in an old rock bed, and it keeps spreading every year. Outcompetes the weeds! I've heard thyme is also irrepressible, although I had bad luck growing it, as well as spearmint. If you have a cat, catnip is another good option. The stuff spreads like crazy.

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waywaysMay. 16, 10 4:08 PM

Start small and as you get the hang of it, expand. Boxed gardens are easier to maintain than a flat one, in my opinion. With a boxed garden, 3 to 4 feet wide by whatever lenght, you can plant more plants because you won't be walking in the garden between the plants and by planting the plants closer together, you have less weeding and watering because your plants shade the ground. Keep your gardens weeded often in the beginning, it pays off when the plants get bigger and then there's less weeding. Weed a small area every day and when you finished the garden, start over as needed... Reminder, don't put fruit bushes or other food plants next to your home, you may be inviting rodents and the fruit may discolor your siding.

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