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Extraordinary Edible Landscaping: A Guide to Growing Your Own Groovy Garden

submitted on 19 January 2024 by thegardendirectory.org

Introduction: The New Wave of Gardening

Forget your mundane, cookie-cutter, suburban landscapes, my fellow earth dwellers. It's time to blur the lines between the psychedelic realm and the more, shall we say, "grounded" world of traditional gardening. Welcome to the revolutionary world of edible landscaping, where the practicality of growing your own food mixes with the far-out, man. This is an art form that focuses on both form and function, allowing us to create a landscape that nourishes both our bodies and our minds. Let's delve into the trippy side of gardening, exploring some groovy tips and advice on how to create an extraordinary edible landscape that would make even the most uptight horticulturist take a step back and say, "Wow, man! That's far out!"

1. Start with a Vision, Man

Every great revolution begins with a dream, and edible landscaping is no exception. Close your eyes and imagine your ideal garden space - let your mind wander through the vibrant colors, textures, and flavors of the plants you choose to include. Now, grab a pen and paper and let the inspiration flow, man. Sketch out your design, noting the location of each plant and the purpose it serves in your landscape. Whether it's a fruit tree forming the centerpiece of your groovy garden, or a kaleidoscopic array of edible flowers bordering your walkway, having a plan will help bring your vision to life.

2. Mix It Up: The Art of Plant Pairing

Just like a good jam session, your edible landscape should be a harmonious mix of various plants that complement and support each other. For example, try planting tomatoes with basil - not only do these two make a groovy culinary pairing, but they also help each other grow better. Basil is known to repel pests that love to munch on tomatoes, while the tomato plants provide shade for the basil, preventing it from bolting too fast. Create a symphony of flavors, colors, and textures in your garden by experimenting with different plant combinations and harmonious relationships.

3. The Path Less Traveled: Winding Walkways and Seating Areas

Edible landscaping is not only about growing food, but also about creating a space that nourishes the soul. Make your garden an inviting space for contemplation and conversation by adding winding walkways, secluded seating areas, and natural elements like rocks and water features. Not only will these elements add visual interest, they'll also encourage you to spend more time in your garden, connecting with nature and perhaps even reaching a higher state of consciousness, man.
  • Pro tip: Incorporate stepping stones made from recycled materials such as broken dishes or glass bottles - a truly groovy and eco-friendly addition to your edible landscape.

4. Go Vertical: Trellises, Arbors, and Espaliered Fruit Trees

Why limit your edible landscape to the ground? Reach for the sky by including vertical elements like trellises for climbing plants, arbors to support grape vines, and espaliered fruit trees trained to grow flat against walls or fences. Not only will this maximize your growing space, but it will also create an interesting visual focal point - because, let's face it, a flat garden is like a one-dimensional trip, man.

5. Groovy Groundcovers: Plants with a Purpose

Traditional grass lawns are a thing of the past, man. Replace your high-maintenance, resource-hogging grass with groovy groundcovers that serve a purpose beyond just looking pretty. Consider planting low-growing edible plants like thyme, chamomile, or even strawberries as a groundcover. These plants will not only add an interesting visual element to your landscape, but they'll also reduce your carbon footprint by eliminating the need for mowing and heavy watering.

6. Turn on, Tune in, Plant Out: Embrace the Edible Landscape Revolution

Creating an extraordinary edible landscape requires a radical shift in thinking, man. It's about breaking free from the constraints of traditional gardening and embracing a new way of connecting with the earth and the food we eat. So, grab your trowel and your favorite tie-dyed gardening gloves, and join us on this groovy journey towards a more sustainable, beautiful, and downright mind-blowing future of gardening.

 







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