Eatable Gardens

Edible (and Eatable) Gardens   Americans were encouraged to plant Victory Gardens during World Wars I and II. These gardens, with their rows of vegetables, alternating with dirt paths were often out of sight in the back yard. Too many of them were forgotten,  neglected and overgrown.        

Today we see a return to edible gardening, influenced by the growing locavore movement and interest in sustainable food production. Nothing is more local than fruits and vegetables from your own yard. Eatable gardens can be an integrated part of a designed landscape. Placing these gardens near the house encourages maintenance in small time increments, and allows for easy harvesting at the the end of a busy day. 

   

    This herb garden, at the edge of a large terrace, is easily accessible from the kitchen. Just beyond the herb garden are raised vegetable garden beds. In the background are two large beds that are under construction.  One of these will be planted with blueberries in 2010, the other will be planted with asparagus in 2011. Why the wait to plant the asparagus? This area had been home to a large patch of black raspberries, which were infected with a virus. Although they were removed in 2009, a few small plants grew in this area. To avoid using herbicide where food will later grow, manual eradication efforts will continue this summer.