Thursday, June 4, 2009

getting started

It was mid-January when discussions began about designing an edible landscape for the garden beds outside the University of Minnesota Plant Growth Facility in St. Paul. The beds were buried by a few inches of snow, but talk was swirling about a garden that would include vegetables, flowers, fruit, herbs...all planted together in a design that would demonstrate how edibles can be incorporated into the landscape rather than being confined to the traditional garden rows. There were ideas on companion planting, flowers to attract beneficial insects throughout the season, various mulches for weed control and moisture retention, and which edibles might be easiest for a home gardener to add to their landscape. So as the snow was flying, plans were made, designs were drawn and seeds were ordered.

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