Eat Your Yard: Edible Trees, Shrubs, Vines, Herbs, and Flowers For Your Landscape
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Eat Your Yard! has information on 35 edible plants that offer the best of both landscape and culinary uses. Edible plants provide spring blossoms, colorful fruit and flowers, lush greenery, fall foliage, and beautiful structure, but they also offer fruits, nuts, and seeds that you can eat, cook, and preserve.
time. This book describes a relatively few edible landscape plants; the range of possibilities from around the world is too large to embrace in one volume of this size. I have selected the plants that I feel have the greatest landscape value for the greatest number of gardeners, and which have the greatest potential food enjoyment with a moderate amount of work. I garden informally, having discovered that zones are meant to be stretched. Try taking advantage of microclimates in your own
into boiling grape juice and cook for 10 to 12 minutes. Recipe courtesy of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Landscape highlights Over patio or arbor for summer shade Winter interest Trimmed vines and tendrils useful for crafts Edible highlights Fruit fresh from the vine Canned as juice or jelly Dehydrated as raisins Leaves pickled for Middle Eastern cuisine Where it grows best In any climate with summer heat; vines survive from frost-free zones to -40
summer beverage and an unusual gift. Photo by Nan K. Chase. Landscape highlights Blankets moist, shady ground Lacy flowers attract insects Edible highlights Infused for tea, syrup, vinegar Dried for winter use Produces delicate wine Delightful in salads, chutney, and cooked vegetables or meat Where it grows best In moist soil In full or partial shade, full sun only with sufficient moisture How to grow it With roots contained in a below-ground box or pot,
snip off the still-green leaves for cooking. Rosemary is the tallest, growing from about one foot high to six feet in some cases, but it is also the most tender. Whereas sage and thyme can both survive temperatures as low as -20 degrees F, rosemary can’t usually handle anything below 15 degrees F. Thus, depending on where you live, rosemary might be grown as a perennial hedge or permanent rock garden specimen—California’s ideal climate nurtures countless beautiful examples—or as a seasonal
miles away. Just as the storm clouds begin to mass and warnings come over the radio, I remember that the crabapples will be just right and must be saved from damage. I treasure our warm, portentous afternoon forays. Crabapples come in many varieties. Commonly on offer are Transcendent, Callaway Crab, Dolgo, Kerr, Hyslop, and Young America. Check with supply houses to see what new cultivars are available, and don’t be afraid to call an Agricultural Extension office for specific information about