If you’ve never considered edible landscaping, now’s the time to start! But how do you know if edible landscaping is right for you? Here are some ways to tell:

a landscape that's highly edible

You Love To Garden

If you compare gardening using edible plants and gardening using non-edible plants there’s no real difference—you still dig and plant, water and weed.

If you cut flowers for your table, there’s no difference at all! In fact, many of the flowers you might not think of as edible, such as daylilies, nasturtium, and pansies, are actually quite good!

You Love To Eat

If you love to eat, edible landscaping is perfect for you. When you imagine all your favorite fruits and vegetables like cabbage (see further below for some info on growing cabbage plants), just waiting outside for you to walk outside and eat…Well, to me it sounds like heaven!

You Love Good Food

Fresh is best, and you can’t get any fresher than home-grown. You can pick your fruit and vegetables at their peak of ripeness and flavor when they’re in your own yard.

When you have edible landscaping, you have complete control over what goes into and on your food. No mystery chemicals there!

You Love The Convenience Of Picking Food Right Outside Your Door

With edible landscaping, you spend less time in supermarket lines, less money on transportation, and have more time, energy and money to spend on your family.

You can simply step outside and get your favorite fruits such as raspberries (see further below for tips on planting and maintaining raspberry bushes) and vegetables, any time you like.

You Love Trying New Foods

There are so many different edible plants out there that you will never run out of fruits and vegetables to try. If you don’t like the taste and the plant is pretty, no problem—just give the extra away. If you like it, you’ve got it made!

You Love To Cook

With the very freshest, most perfectly ripe fruit and vegetables in the exact varieties you love, your cooking can’t help but be great!

You Love Having A Beautiful Lot

Edible landscaping isn’t only about sticking food plants in the front yard—it’s about creating a landscape you can feel proud of. It’s about making your home exterior not only beautiful but edible as well.

Growing Cabbage Plants

Cabbage is an easy vegetable to grow but it can rob a poor soil of nutrients. Good organic mulching, composting and fertilizing practices will help prevent this.

it really is quite easy to grow cabbage

Cabbage is a member of the Brassicaceae family. ‘Brassica’, is the same as other species of the same family. The botanical name for cabbage is Brassica oleracea.

Cabbage likes a well-draining soil with frequent watering. It grows best in cooler weather. It is typically planted in Autumn/Fall.

Cabbages should be planted with good crop rotation practices. It is often planted immediately after peas or beans due to the nitrogen fixing properties of legumes (peas).

Before planting the soil should be well dug with a thick layer of compost and a few inches of well rotted cow manure.

Sowing the Seeds

Seeds can be sown undercover or directly in the ground. Growing organically under cover gives you the chance to prepare the garden bed while the plans begin to shoot.

It is also an ideal way of setting an early crop, as seeds can be sown before typical sowing times if the climate they are started in can duplicate the desired growing conditions.

Planting Out

If you have sown the seeds directly in the soil, you should thin out to around 45 – 60 cm between plants. If sown indoors, plants will be ready to plant out when they have developed 3 or 4 true leaves. Plants should be watered well but not fertilized for the first week or so.

Organic Mulching

There is varied opinion regarding the need for mulching vegetable plants. There is some debate around mulch being a breeding ground for insects, which could attack the cabbage plants.

I personally find mulching a good idea especially on Brassica’s because it adds extra nutrients as it breaks down. You can create excellent organic mulch for vegetables by mixing together lawn clippings and rotten grass hay

Grass clippings should not be added too thick if they are fresh or the heat will kill the plant. Likewise mulch should not come in contact with the stalk or leaves of the cabbage to prevent it from rotting.

Fertilizing

Cabbages can be fertilized with a liquid chicken manure. Chicken manure should always be well rotten before using. Always add animal manure to the ground not over the vegetable, especially leafy vegetables as it can trap bacteria as the plant develops.

Pests

The caterpillar of the white cabbage moth is the biggest concern with cabbage. Garlic, pyrethrum and chili are good deterrents for this moth. Grow some nearby and make a tea with crushed garlic and spray over periodically.

Harvesting

Cabbage is ready to harvest when the heart is of a size sufficient for your needs. If left to age too long it will develop seed and be too woody to eat. A cabbage should typically be around 6 to 8 inches across to be of a good picking size.

How to Plant and Maintain Raspberry Bushes

Raspberries are very popular and they are very much a loved fruit across the world. In addition to being a very sweet tasting fruit they also have some very good medicinal properties. This fruit is plump, sweet, and juicy. It is very easy and simple to grow and maintain.

sweet tasting raspberries

A small, piece, or section of sunny land is needed to grow raspberries. Raspberries only come second to strawberries in term of popularity and they have many uses. Raspberries can be eaten fresh, raw, or frozen.

They are used in drink making, used in adding flavor to yogurt, used in making jam, used to add flavor to ice cream, as well as ice cream toppings. They are high in vitamins especially vitamin A and C.

They are various variations of raspberries and this sweet tasting fruit comes in a variation of colors. Raspberry bushes are very productive and it can produce and bear fruit for well over 12 years.

Planting and maintaining raspberries is fairly easy enough. Firstly lets focus on planting then we will look at how to maintain those raspberry bushes.

Site Selection

Start of by choosing a good and favorable site. The ideal time to choose a planting site is around early spring. The area must be in direct contact with the full rays of the sun.

This is very important; if such an area can not be located within your garden then you must choose a different place or area that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight every day.

Also it is very important that this chosen site is very far, at least about 300 ft away from any other type of blackberry or raspberry bush.

Soil

The soil must be checked and tested. The soil composition and fertility must be determined and depending on the results the best and most appropriate course of action must be taken.

That is you may need to invest in soil or you may need to add nutrients and fertilizer to the soil. The soil’s pH level must be tested.

Raspberries seem to favor and prefer loamy soil with a pH level between 5.5 and 6.5. Depending on the nature of the soil either lime must be added if the pH is too low or if it is too heavy and clayish then compost or manure must be added.

Clear The Land

The chosen site and area must be cleared of all weeds and unwanted plants. All weeds must be removed and this can be done either by hand or through pesticides and chemicals.

Planting System

You must draft and prepare planting system which best suits you. A site that has a slope or is hilly requires seedlings that are at least 3 ft high.

Likewise a hedgerow system requires level ground, the seedlings will grow best in uninterrupted rows which are roughly 2 to 3 ft apart. If you have heavy or clay like soil then your best and only option is establishing a raised bed system.

Water

Water the seedlings and weed the area by hand. You may also add a bit of fertilizer but this depends on the nature of your soil.

When it comes to maintaining raspberry bushes it is really isn’t that difficult either. You must fertilize the area in spring with a good fertilizer.

You must also prune the bush in spring. You must remove any weak or thin and small canes since they will not produce any flower or fruit.

Water the bush thoroughly especially during the fruiting and flowering season. Finally you must cut back the canes while the fruit is harvested.

So planting and maintaining a raspberry bush is quite easy and simple and the benefits of doing so are great.