Do you know what edible landscaping is? It may be obvious that edible landscaping involves growing edible plants in the landscape. Edible landscaping does not necessarily involve planting in the traditional sense where vegetables are planted in a garden spot or fruit trees are planted in a small orchard. Fruits, vegetables, and herbs including some less familiar plants can contribute to an attractive landscape and also provide sources of food. Edible plants can be used as groundcovers, shrubs, trees, perennials, annuals, vines. Some edibles can successfully be grown as houseplants. Gardening in containers is especially nice if you live in a climate where certain plants will not survive outdoors or if you do not have a garden spot. Why not grow plants that are attractive and can help feed you and your family? Use the Search in the upper left of this page for more information about edible landscaping. Be sure to check my calendar for upcoming events or contact me to schedule your own.
Growing a lemon tree (or other citrus as houseplants).
I have no experience growing lemons outdoors in the ground but I have grown lemons indoors in pots for several years. One Meyer lemon I have had for over 20 years. In fact when moving from Utah to Alaska I pruned it back to fit in a Priority Mail box for my sister to hold until I arrived. I did the same when moving out of Alaska three years later. I then purchased a second Meyer lemon as well as a navel orange, pink grapefruit, and key lime. Citrus trees are attractive houseplants with lovely scented flowers and delicious fruit.
My first lemon was purchased from a local nursery. My second was purchased from a big box store. My last citrus was purchased online. So, it is not that difficult to find citrus plants. As with other plants do some research and shop around for the variety you want at a good price. Check the condition of the plant if purchasing in person. If buying by mailorder/internet purchase from a reputable company. Logees is one that I like.
I transplanted my lemon trees into a larger pot right away using a good quality organic potting soil. In the summer I move them outdoors in a full sun to partial shade spot. It is important to help your plants adjust to a change in sunlight. If your plant is in full sun indoors it may be able to handle full sun outdoors. To be safe slowly acclimate it to the amount of sunlight it will be receiving outdoors by placing it in a bit more sun each day or moving it into the amount it will be receiving for short periods each day. After about one week or so it should be adjusted and can be placed in its summer location. Reverse the process when moving it back indoors. Also, spray the entire tree (branches, trunk, etc) with horticultural oil before moving back indoors to help prevent pest problems.
And of course you will want to eat them!
What are currants?
Fruit bearing shrub
Native to the Americas
Can be found growing wild in some areas
Easy to grow in your landscape
Attractive shrub – usually 3 – 5′ tall, nice fall color
Edible fruit – juice, jam, pies, some varieties taste great fresh.
Can handle part shade
I grow black, red, and white currants plus Golden Currant which gets its name from the yellow flowers. In my part shade front yard they are a nice addition to the landscape. A landscape where I worked had espaliered red currants along the garden fence.
Want to learn about more wild edible plants? Join me on a Wild Herb Walk (next one Saturday, July 9) and/or check my book Herbs To Know 2: Wild Medicinal & Edible Plants. Check my calendar for herb walks and other events.
Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m. there will be a Wild Herb Walk in the Salt Lake City area. $25/person and bring a friend for free.
Once you contact me to register I will let you know where we will be meeting. I keep the groups small enough so everyone can benefit the most so I need to know how many to expect.
You can register through PayPal if you’d like by sending payment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a note with the date of the herb walk.
You can also register by contacting me and paying at the beginning of the walk.
Books as available are sold at a discounted price to those attending our events.
It is recommend that you bring a notebook, camera, bottled water, and insect repellent.
If you cannot make it to a scheduled walk or you would like to arrange one for a certain area please let me know.
This is what is on the May/June schedule so far. Please check my calendar for updates.
May 28, 10 a.m – 6 p.m., Boutique in Farmington, Utah. A wide variety of vendors including me. I will have my books, herb plants, gardening tools, and canning funnels available.
June 4, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., Join me on Joy In Your Garden with Joy Bossi, 1430 AM, KLO, Salt Lake City, Utah
June 25, Natural Living Conference, Davis Conference Center, Layton, Utah. I will be teaching and have a booth with my books, herb plants, etc
I still have some spots available for private classes in case you would like to schedule a class with family, friends, neighbors, etc.
Oh No! I didn’t get my garden planted!
Has this ever happened to you? You can still get a harvest with a late start to garden planting.
Maybe life got in the way or the weather wasn’t cooperative or you moved. Whatever the reason sometimes we don’t get things planted as we planned.
For the first time this year that has happened to me.
So, what do you do?
- It’s not too late for some vegetables. In my area and many others it is not too late to plant warm season crops so I will be planting today. Check this blog post to get an idea of when to plant what. First I will check the weather report. Since it is past mid May normally the weather is regularly warm enough that squash, tomatoes, and peppers will be fine. I always check the seven day forecast first just to see what is expected. After planting I check every day in case of expected low temperatures (anything under 40 F), hail, snow, etc. I did get some tomatoes started from seed so I have those ready for planting.
- Plan for fall. Cool season crops such as spinach, lettuce, and cilantro can be planted again in later summer as weather begins to cool. You may get by planting these now in a spot of shade. Why not give it a shot? You’ll be out just a few seeds and a little time.
- Plan ahead in case this happens again. I would recommend this even if you are sure you will get everything planted in a timely matter. I certainly did not expect that I would not get my early vegetables in. Even though I did not get anything planted I had plenty in my yard for harvesting. I had planted perennial herbs and vegetables plus had a few “weeds” that could be harvested: lovage, sorrel, lemon balm, mint, multiplier onions, dandelion, mallow, plantain. I also had annuals that reseed themselves including miner’s lettuce. The kale that I had planted 3 years ago and let reseed has reseeded since. I have a variety of fruits including currants, rhubarb, goji berry which produce earlier in the season.
- Grow edible houseplants. My houseplants include a pepper, herbs, and citrus trees.
- Don’t forget sprouting and/or micro greens to add some home grown freshness to your meals.
Wild Herb Walk
Where: Bountiful, Utah area
When: Thursday, April 28, 9 a.m. – about 11 a.m.
What:You will learn about plant identification, edible use, and medicinal use
Limited number of slots available.
Hosted by Beuna Tomalino, Horticulturalist and Garden Coach
We will be walking on a paved route and also a hiking trail (not strenuous)
It is suggested that you bring a camera (phone camera is fine) and a notebook. You may also want to bring a jacket and/or an umbrella.
$25/person and bring one friend for free. Please let mew know whether or not you are bringing a second person.
After registering I will contact you with location information.If you do not hear from me please send me an email with “Herb Walk” in the subject.
You will receive exact directions after payment. If you do not, please email me (“herb walk” in the subject or text.
Non refundable. If you cannot make it send a friend in your place.
If there is a downpour or it is snowing this walk will be rescheduled but please contact me since the weather may be different where you are than where we are walking.
Text or voice 801-520-3293
French Tarragon is easily grown in many climates and has a wonderful anise flavor similar in some ways to basil but unlike basil will come back year after year.
Hope you can join me for my upcoming classes and events for April!
Private classes for neighborhoods, families, businesses, and other groups can be scheduled by contacting me.
Check my website calendar for more information and other events. There may be others scheduled this month so check my calendar periodically for updates.
Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m. Square Foot Gardening, Woods Cross High School, $10/person, register at class
Saturday, April 9, 6:15 p.m., Gardening In Survival Times, Logan, Utah at the Fairgrounds, SurvivalCon
Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m., Herb Growing, Woods Cross High School, $10/person, register at class
Friday & Saturday, april 15 & 16, PrepperCon – check my calendar for updates on classes and times
Wednesday, April 20, 7 p.m., Composting, Woods Cross High School, $10/person, register at class
We also will begin scheduling Wild Herb Walks. Please contact me if you would like to schedule one or wait until we announce dates and times.