GBDW – Incorporating Edibles Wrap-Up

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'Australian Yellow' lettuce in early July and late July

Not much interest in gardening with edibles, apparently -or at least, a less-than-ideal season for the topic – so a brief final post for this month’s Design Workshop. Thanks to those who were able to share links, and to those who’ve been reading them. Maybe we’ll try this topic again during the next growing season!

Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – Incorporating Edibles (Nan at Gardening Gone Wild): Kick-off post for this month’s topic.

Backyard Edible Fruit Trees (Liz Haegele at The Scott Arboretum’s Garden Seeds): If you’re looking to add a tree to your yard, why not choose one that’s edible as well as ornamental? Read about pawpaws, persimmons, and more!

Beyond Bok Choiย (Andrea at Heavy Petal): A fan of growing edibles, Andrea frequently writes about them on her blog. This post covers some of her favorite Asian vegetables that are both beautiful and edible, and she includes a recipe for Winter Melon Soup. In The Growing Challenge: Expanding My Vegetable Growing Horizons, she ponders which new veggies to try for this past growing season.

Edible Plants in the Landscape (Lois at Lois de Vries’ Garden Views): Read about some of Lois’ favorite edibles, including an interesting heirloom tomato variety and a really neat-looking winter squash.

Ornamental Edibles or Pretty Tasty (Frances at Fairegarden): Take a tour of the pretty herbs and veggies that grace the beds at Faire Garden.

Five Tips for Growing Edibles with Children (Heirloom Gardener): Looking for ways to get your little ones interested in gardening? Check out HG’s ideas for making veggie growing fun for all ages.

Nancy J. Ondra
Nan gardens on 4 acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the firm belief that every garden ought to have a pretentious-sounding (or at least pretentious-looking) name, she refers to her home grounds as "Hayefield." There, she experiments with a wide variety of plants and planting styles, from cottage gardens and color-based borders to managed meadows, naturalistic plantings, and veggies--all under the watchful eyes of her two pet alpacas, Daniel and Duncan.
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VP November 30, 2008, 6:05 am

Oops sorry guys. It’s been on my list of things to post, but ran out of time before we went away. I suspect most people have edibles incorporated already without really realsing it. How many of us have a sage or rosemary tucked in the border somewhere because it’s both a good plant to have and is good for cooking? Not forgetting lavender, nasturtiums, thyme etc etc. Then if you’re going to have trees in your garden, an apple or cherry is a good choice. There’s also cottage gardening to consider which has the incorporation of edibles and flowers at the heart of its style.

I could go on and probably will do – but it’ll have to be in a post outside the GBDW set ๐Ÿ™

Come back anytime and leave a specific link if you like, VP. But it’s also appropriate to link to your fruit and veg and allotment posts, since you already have plenty of archived posts on the subject.

That reminds me of another great resource for gardeners who want to learn more about growing edibles: The Growing Challenge, started by Melinda.

VP November 30, 2008, 6:08 am

BTW I see you have the Abbey House Gardens on your garden list. That’s not so far away from me. Did you know there was a fire there last week? It destroyed their greenhouses – which is where they were storing all their tender tropicals for the winter. It’s very sad.

That’s terrible news, VP. Sad indeed for the gardeners who have nurtured those plants, and for the visitors who have enjoyed seeing them.

VP November 30, 2008, 4:27 pm

That’s most kind of you put those links up on my behalf Nan , thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

No problem, VP: I should have thought of that when I was writing the post!

Jim December 1, 2008, 1:38 pm

Hey Nan, – count me in. Late. Again.

Your contribution is still much appreciated, Jim. I look forward to seeing what you came up with! If you didn’t write about your apple espalier in this one, I’ll have to dig up the post you did for the walls and fences workshop; that was a good one too.

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