Edible Landscaping

Blueberries are protected with a wide mesh net that keeps the birds out, but allows the pollinating bees in

Continuing with the theme of capturing and using solar energy to live more simply on this planet, there is also a role to play by using solar energy to grow some of the food we eat. One approach to achieving this is called Edible Landscaping, the installation and cultivation of plants that yield edible fruit. My preference here is for perennials because they require less work than annual vegetables, and hopefully yield more produce over time as they grow larger. For vegetables, I am a member of a Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm and thereby support my local farmer (Linden Tree Farm in Lincoln, MA) and local agriculture.

Among the crops planted at Sage Farm are strawberries, blueberries, cherries, paw paw, apples, and peaches. The strawberries make an excellent ground cover and I am systematically replacing sod with strawberries. The 2005 crop was bountiful, partly I feel due to all that rain in May. The cherry harvest is also bountiful this year, as are the blueberries. For the blueberries, I have caged and netted them this 2005 season to significantly reduce fruit losses to the blue jays and other birds. The result is that I can harvest the fruit at my leisure, leaving sufficient time for the berries to actually become sweet.

The Strawberry bed 

 

 
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