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Many people with green thumbs, patience, and dedication grow nutritious foods and vegetables in their gardens for the positive health benefits. Gardening can help lower stress, increase physical activity, and help you get outside to soak up more valuable vitamin D.
One gardening trend can help you increase the beauty of your home’s landscape while still reaping all the benefits of food gardening: edible landscaping.
An edible landscape incorporates food plants into the design of your yard instead of relegating them to an enclosed garden bed. This type of landscaping includes both ornamental and edible plants out in the open. In an edible landscape, plants serve a dual purpose: food and ornamentation.
The best plants for an edible landscape include ones that thrive out in the open. Here are several examples:
- Fruit trees
You can even plant some kitchen herbs, such as oregano and thyme, in your edible landscape.
Make sure that your garden receives around six hours of sunlight per day. To ensure your plants continue to thrive, weed the garden regularly and practice companion planting. Companion planting involves pairing plants that support each other in the garden. For example, you can plant onions next to tomatoes. The tomatoes will benefit from the natural pest-repelling qualities of the onion plants. You can also keep pests and other wildlife out of your edible landscape with natural insecticides.
For more information on edible landscaping, see the infographic from Angi below.