#edible landscaping

I have the same thoughts on this as I do guerrillla grafting.


  • Sidewalks are sites of a lot of toxic runoff (including heavy metals), as well as airbourne particulate emissions from vehicles.
  • People walk their dogs, along them, who urinate and defecate in these spaces. This is not neccessarily bad, as long as it doesn’t touch food. It can be safely taken care of with a worm tower and a poop scoop.
  • People often feel embarrassed, distrusting, or ashamed getting their food from roadside sources, and so the food is left to rot: attracting wasps.
  • Tree roots can disrupt public infrastructure (pipes, roads, sidewalks), which is a significant cost and can damage a community’s public works: this is decidedly not good if said community is already under-served. Call before you dig!
  • Planting flowers and local flora for native bees and pollinators is probably the best.
  • Planting food is best done in places with a lower pollution burden: ie. abandoned lots, rooftops, balconies, and parks.
  • This is not saying “foodwalks” are a bad idea in every scenario, just be careful and think twice, and maybe consult someone before going for it.

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The streets of San Francisco are lined with pear, plum and apple trees thanks to ‘guerilla grafters’ secretly grafting fruit-bearing scions onto ornamental, non-fruit bearing trees making fresh fruit free and available to everyone who wishes to pick some.

'All you have to do is make a slit with a knife in a branch on the host tree, insert a branch from a fruit-bearing tree, and secure it with tape.  Once it heals, it connects.” — Tara Hui started the movement and has been grafting fruit branches to city trees for two years now.

How great would it be to see free fruit from guerilla grafters growing in your city?  Want to start a trend?

You’d have to know your stuff to do this right (ie. graft edible apples on to compatible flowering crab apples, graft edible cherries [or other prunus] onto compatible flowering cherries, graft compatible pears onto flowering quince, undsoweiter.)!

I think if you know what you are doing, it could be ok, but people would need to remember to use healthy scion wood and clean equipment, because they could devastate a whole expensive, established boulevard with fungal diseases or pests if they don’t seal their grafts properly, or clean their equipment between uses.

I am also hesitant about it, simply because people tend to not like roadside food: it gets covered in car exhaust and particulate matter, there is significant heavy metal pollution (ie. lead, cadmium, chromium, copper, zinc) in the soil, people feel ashamed or embarrassed about having to get their food that way, and/or people simply don’t trust public food sources (if you grew up with the “razor blades in the apples” paranoia about Halloween candy, you’ll understand). There are a huge number of apple trees growing by roadsides here in Denmark, and a huge number of apples on the ground that rot and swarm with wasps: and then someone has to clean them up. People just don’t seem to want to eat them, or pick them when they are by the road. Ornamental apples have much less biomass and much less sugar, so they decompose more quickly and don’t attract so many bugs.

Moreover, I’ve met people who think the apples that grow in their yard or neighbourhood are “dirty” and they only trust the waxed, store-bought varieties: knowledge about food production, or the ability to identify what is food in the “wild” is rarer than you would think.

These sorts of things are much better situated with public parks that double as food forests, empty lots that have been given a bit of a soil makeover to remove bio-accumulative toxic metals, or dedicated community gardens.

In terms of what is good to plant along roadsides: flowers! Lots and lots of flowers! They will break down soil pollutants over time, and also help the bees. Plus, you can plant native flowers and help conserve your biome’s biodiversity, rather than planting a foreign apple that may not be the right foodstuffs for your local pollinators.

All in all, it’s an idea with good intentions, but it probably won’t have the desired effect. It’s a sort of condescending, impermanent solution to a structural problem. There are a number of people in the communities that are being “served” by these kinds of initiatives who also object to the idea, or rather the manner in which it is enacted.

#forest gardening #edible landscaping #grafting #fruit trees

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This is really awesome: I can’t believe how much they have on 1/10th of an acre (around 400m2). I’ve read of a number of projects that manage to produce 2700kg (6000lbs) of food on this amount of land, with intensive cultivation.

They give a very good run-down of the theory and ecological science behind permaculture, and how this fits in to deep ecology.

#videos #permaculture #forest gardening #edible landscaping

An ode to nasturtiums

Every part of this flower that grows above the ground is edible, and tastes like a sharp cress. The young flower buds can be pickled and used as capers, the flowers themselves make a colourful addition to salads, and the green seeds can be used to add a mustard-y punch to any dish. The leaves can also be eaten, and taste similar to arugula or mizuna.

Nasturtiums can be compact, enormous, rambling, or variegated, depending on the cultivar. Their blossoms are most often orange, red, and yellow, but come in an array of other possible colours.

This year I grew “Ladybird,” “Variegated Alaska" and a "High-Climbing" variety. Lovers of cooler weather, nasturtiums can be planted in the early Spring: they self-seed prolifically during the warmest months of Summer, and sprout again on their own in the cool weather of Autumn.

While too tender to survive the winter here, nasturtiums can be invasive in warmer climes. Check to see if nasturtiums are disruptive to your biome before growing them.

Related: Integrating Flowers into your Vegetable Garden

#edible flowers  #edible landscaping #brassicas

Sweet Sorrel (seeds from hqcreations), enjoying the swampy bottom of the herb spiral.
#herb spiral #perennial vegetables #edible landscaping

Sweet Sorrel (seeds from hqcreations), enjoying the swampy bottom of the herb spiral.

#herb spiral #perennial vegetables #edible landscaping


Unconventional Agriculture

Holistic and regenerative farming practices focused on the integration of plants, animals, soil health and biodiversity. They keep the ecosystem in balance by producing the nutrients needed to nourish all aspects of the farm with a minimum of inputs imported from off site.
- LOCAL: The New Face of Food and Farming in America, by Douglas Gayeton

The development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.
– Permaculture Institute

The interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals and people.

Soil fertility
Soil teems with a multitude of organisms which provide the necessary work for healthy plants to grow free from disease, pests and infertility. These interconnected interactions and feeding relationships (quite literally “who eats who”) help determine the types of nutrients present in soil, its depth and pH, and even the types of plants which can grow.

Source and See the video: “Unconventional Agriculture” at  PBS

#biodynamic #permaculture #soil science #soil depletion #forest gardening #edible landscaping #biodiversity #bioregionalism

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for no edit friday.

i’m really missing our garden and having some withdrawals. seeing these netted and scarred seascape strawberries somehow makes me feel better.

also knowing that the critters finally left our strawberry crops alone gives me hope. i’m fantasizing about pots full of dangling sweet strawberries.

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Guest Post: Incredible Edible Todmorden

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Edibles for an Espalier:

  • Malus: Apple/Crabapple
  • Pyrus: Pear
  • Prunus: Stone fruit (peach, nectarine, plum, almond, etc.)
  • Ficus carica: Fig
  • Citrus: Lemon, orange, tangerine
  • Vitis: Grapes

Ornamentals for an Espalier:

  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Fagus sylvatica culivars ( i.e., tricolor beech)
  • Acer palmatum cultivars
  • Pyrus calleryana (Callery pear)
  • Tilia (linden)
  • Katsura
  • Cedrus atlantica (Blue Atlas cedar)
  • Viburnum

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#Edible Forest Gardening 101: Perennial Vegetables

Perennial vegetables are a vital component of a food forest ecosystem, allowing for a very small amount of labour to produce yields year after year.

Occupying the "rhizosphere" and "soil surface" layers of the food forest guild, these Egyptian Walking Onions multiply underground, while also producing bulblets on the top of stalks. Once these stalks fall over, the small bulblets take root a safe distance away from the parent plant, allowing these onions to “walk” across the garden. Reproducing (non-true) from seed as well, these onions quickly establish themselves as a source of continual harvest, from the most modest of plantings.

A perennial food garden can include hundreds of crops, depending on climate, moisture, soil, and plant compatibility. In my zone, for example, perennial crops that grow well when companion planted together are artichokes, sunchokes, walking onions, sorrel, and asparagus. I also grow rhubarb, which provides mulch and discourages weeds, and I have been searching (in vain, I might add) for tree collards, which are a variety of African brassica that can live 25 years or more, taking a tree-like form as the vibrant collard greens are harvested every year.

Odds are, there are some little-known perennial edibles that can be grown in your biome, waiting to be discovered!

Related: Perennial Vegetables: From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, A Gardener’s Guide to Over 100 Delicious and Easy to Grow Edibles.

Photos 1-2: Bulblets from perennial Egyptian Walking Onions / Tree Onions.
Cultivars: Moritz, Amish, Catawissa, and McCullar’s

Photo 3: Naomi Slade, Telegraph UK