What is foodscaping? The Edible Landscaping
I feel my vegetable garden isn’t pretty enough. This is a complaint that we come across so very often. People grow all kinds of vegetables successfully in their kitchen gardens, but they also wish that their garden must look beautiful as well. In that case, you should look into the concept of foodscaping or edible landscaping.
What is Foodscaping?
Foodscaping or edible landscaping is a fast emerging idea. It is a hybrid between farming & landscaping, where you grow edible plants instead of conventional ornamental plants for your various garden features, yet the focus remains on making the garden look aesthetically pleasing.
Instead of just planting shrubs, trees, vines, grasses and ground covers, foodscaping involves adding edible plants that add interest, color, texture and, of course, taste. — Anne Marie O’Phelan, 2013
Here are some edible landscaping ideas:
1. Use easily available local material:
Use locally available material for decoration purpose. eg. river rocks, sand, stones, wooden blocks, red soil. Read more about Top 10 tips for lanscape design.
2. Sow leafy vegetable seeds:
3. Plant flowering vegetables:
Blooming groups of sugarcane, maize, pink flowered wild Okra, Red flowering spikes of Amaranths, yellow flowering mustard. Such plants can be planted in bunches for landscape design.
4. Grow Cruciferous Plants:
5. Perennial foodscaping plants:
Curry leaves, Drumsticks, Lime, Ginger, Turmeric, Arum, Colocasia. Plant them in the backyard.
6. Fruiting plants for foodscaping:
7. Annual vegetables for foodscaping:
Cucurbit climbers, Beans & peas, Solanaceous vegetables. Let the climbers freely climb on walls & pillars of home. Read more about growing cucurbits.
8. Flowering plants for foodscaping:
9. Medicinal plants for edible landscaping:
Tulsi, Doorva, Aloe-vera, Lemongrass, Vetiver, Asparagus. Make a separate therapeutic garden patch with attractive labelling.
10. Herbs for foodscaping:
Read to know more: ‘Foodscaping: Practical & innovative ways to create an edible landscape.’ – Charlie Nardozzi.