Transforming Your Yard Into An Edible Oasis: Landscape Design Ideas For You
When you were a child, you no doubt heard a story or saw a movie in which someone lived in an edible house (perhaps made of gingerbread) or had a workplace in which an entire indoor landscape was made of candy (inside a chocolate factory). You probably wished that you could have a home or workplace just like that one day, but as you grew up, you learned just how impractical this dream could be. However, having an edible landscape in your backyard can help to make your childhood dreams come true, albeit in a different form. Learn some of the ways that you can transform your yard into an edible oasis through innovative landscape design.
Use Arbors To Create Edible Archways
An arbor is essentially a freestanding structure in your backyard with supports on both sides and across the top. These are often rounded to create a makeshift archway, but can also be squared off. They line pathways or often symbolize that you are moving from one area of landscaping to the next to create a logical break in the design flow.
Often, arbors are also used as a sort of trellis for roses or other flowers that grow on vines to grow and bloom on. However, when transforming your yard into an edible oasis, you can actually grow tomatoes and/or beans along such structures. Imagine walking under an archway and being able to grab a ripe cherry tomato or string bean right from the vine and have a little taste. Sounds like a little piece of heaven, right?
Whatever vine plant you choose to grow on the arbor, make sure you choose a plant that does not bear overly large or heavy fruit (or vegetables). If you do, it could damage the structure of the arbor and/or the fruit could fall from the vine (thanks to gravity) before it fully ripens.
Plant Leafy Vegetables For Ground Cover Variety
You may fear that an edible backyard oasis may become somewhat monotone, drowning you in a sea of green. However, this does not have to be the case. Leafy vegetables such as lettuces, spinach, and chard can provide excellent ground cover in your yard and provide you with the color variety you want to see.
Chard, for example, is a leafy plant that comes in a variety of colors. Swiss chard (green chard) is the most common. However, there is also rainbow chard and red chard. The stalks and veins of these plants are actually red, white, yellow, or even orange-like and add a subtle splash of color to your landscaping design and ground cover.
Lettuces come in a variety of hues and colors as well and can range from light green to dark and even red or purple. Mixing these lettuces together with chard and spinach can give your ground cover a great deal of eye-catching variety while still being full edible.
Use these ideas to jump start your next big landscape design project. While you may have thought your childhood dream of an edible wonderland of your very own could never be a reality, it can be with a little landscape design innovation. So, get started right away and create your very own backyard edible oasis. Experts like Weiler's Lawn & Landscape can get you started.