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  • Rosalind Creasy – Edible Landscaping

    Gardening can be easy, healthy, inexpensive, and best of all, in can be done just about anywhere. As far back as 1970, Rosalind Creasy was a pioneer in the field of Edible Landscaping.Her work has since revolutionized the way that many of us think about gardening. Cooking from the garden, eating organic, and eating fresh are all possible and not as hard as you might think.

    In this website, you can see some of Rosalind's best tips on making the most of your home garden, along with various recipes and advice. 

    Rosalind's new book, Edible Landscaping, was published in November of 2010 and is now in its third printing.

Greens for Your Edible Landscape

Many types of salad greens grow right off the kitchen patio.

Growing Salad Greens

Spring is a great time for growing salad greens, the weather is cool and damp, just what they love. Plant edible flowers along with the greens so you can enjoy them in the garden as well as in your salad. Greens fit into your landscape, be they baby greens or grown to mature heads.

The easiest way to start to grow your salad greens is to grow baby greens, which will be ready to harvest in about 6 weeks.

- Order seeds for baby salad greens under the name mesclun mix or make your own mix by purchasing individual packages of

seeds of 3 or 4 types of lettuces and a few types of greens such as: spinach, chard, mustard, rocket, or finely curled endive.

- A garden bed about 10′ by 4’ provides a generous amount of baby salad greens for 3 or 4 people.

- Harvest your baby greens by taking kitchen shears and cutting across the bed about an inch above the crowns of the plants.  Cut only the amount you want at each harvest.

- If the weather is cool, in the 40 to 70 degree range, if you lightly fertilize with a balanced fertilizer like fish emulsion and keep the bed moist the greens will regrow and you can harvest baby greens again in a few weeks.

Mesclun

Mesclun is a French Provencal term for a salad that combines many flavors and textures of greens and herbs. The object is to create a concert for your mouth by including sweet greens, slightly bitter leaves, and peppery greens like arugula or mustard. Greens like crispy romaine and velvety bibb lettuces give textural excitement contrast.

Recipe for a classic French mesclun salad.

The Salad:

Pick enough salad greens to serve 6. Six large handfuls is usually a good measure. Use a seasonal selection from your garden of many varieties of lettuces; add young leaves of greens such as spinach, mizuna, arugula, mache, radicchio, sorrel, and frisees; and a few leaves of herbs such as Italian parsley, chervil, or mint. While its not very traditional, when in the garden you could pick a few blossoms of edible flowers such as nasturtiums, calendulas, and Johnny-jump-ups for a garnish too.

Vinaigrette:

2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons balsamic or wine vinegar

1 clove of garlic, minced

salt and pepper to taste

5 to 6 tablespoons virgin olive oil

Optional: 6 or 8 edible flowers for garnish

Wash greens and dry in a salad spinner. Refrigerate until serving time. In a small container, mix the vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper and blend in oil to taste. Just before serving, toss the dressing gently with the salad, garnish and serve. Serves 6


May 9, 2010 - 4:30 am

Cathy Wilkinson Barash - got an alert on this already – on edible landscsaping, not rot Ros Creasy. Can’t figure out where first picture was taken. ‘
xoxo

October 6, 2010 - 8:00 am

Joey Whittle - Wow. I saw Rosalind and her garden in a gardening magazine and I must say that she is an inspiration with her garden and her ideals to everyone. I own a company in Arizona called Edible Landscapes, and this certainly does elaborate on a few good ideas and credible research to reinforce to my customers why they should be going back to nature in the first place. THANKS ROSALIND!

In Memorium – Mr. X

Mr. X in his prime

Mr. X in his prime

Our noble rooster Mr. X passed away on November 14th. We almost lost him the week before Christmas last year so the past ten months were a gift. Arthritis was his major problem. His last year or so was a quiet one compared to his previous 14 years of traveling around the country visiting nursing homes, garlic festivals, friend’s homes, and fourth grade classes. His last public appearance was at a local garden club where he nobly sat in the crook of my arm for a half hour as I lobbied for the 2008 California Proposition 2 to free millions of chickens from their inhumane cages. I wanted the audience to experience chickens as sentient beings that we should not abuse. In that short time the members got to know and love him as we did. He even nodded when I told them that he didn’t like cold French fries, only hot ones, and that he’d never met a dog he couldn’t dominate.

As I walked through the audience with him he patiently let them touch his glorious feathers and to feel how warm he was. And of course, he didn’t poop on me, much to their surprise. But then he never did poop when you held him unless you didn’t pay attention to his squirming-I-want-to-get-down warning.

Mr. X in his final days

Mr. X in his final days with Cathy

The house feels empty now. I still listen for his faint crow I would hear from the garage every morning. I miss him waddling up the walk after me. His walk through the house to go to his dog carrier in the garage every night, and his constant excitement and clucking when I offered him a handful of cantaloupe seeds or some lettuce leaves from the garden. And of course, the neighborhood children miss his cock-a-doodle-do when they would come to visit and feed him. This gorgeous chicken has left an indelible mark on his part of the world and will be remembered in all our minds for decades to come.

December 27, 2009 - 11:52 pm

Amy winslow - Such a touching membrance.

December 29, 2009 - 1:44 am

John & Lynn - We are new to gardening and to Mother Earth News. After reading your article and now going on your site and reading about Mr. X, we both, as animal lovers and adopters can relate with you and offer our sympathy.

January 4, 2010 - 9:18 pm

Carri - So sorry to hear about Mr. X :( I’ve enjoyed your stories about him via your blog and speaking engagements.

January 23, 2010 - 12:55 am

Anna/Flowergardengirl™ - What a dear soul that sweet little guy was. I’m sad and happy for you. I cried when I read this cause it’s so priceless and I love you for being so genuine about it. Big hugs to ya.

January 27, 2010 - 7:48 pm

Margaret Mather - I’m sorry for your loss. Hope you will find comfort in all the memories of joy Mr. X brought to you.
M

February 19, 2010 - 7:44 pm

Mary Biber - The memorium to Mr. X brought tears to my eyes. What an a “special” life Mr. X had with you and you with him.

March 11, 2010 - 5:52 pm

Debbie Tschanz - I loved hearing the stories about Mr. X. I know how much that “ROOSTER” meant to you and all who meant him. Can’t wait to see his book!

March 11, 2010 - 6:15 pm

Debbie Tschanz - Where was spell check when I needed it!

March 13, 2010 - 11:13 pm

Gail - Priscilla F Peahen, adpted and lived in my garden for the last 4 months~She didn’t pass away, but has been relocated to a luxurious country home where she is happy and surrounded with a bevy of peafowl. …As I read your touching story of Mr X, I felt those heart strings tug away~I miss that peahen after knowing her only 4 months, I know you must keenly miss your good pet friend. gail

March 17, 2010 - 3:20 pm

Kathy Siddons - As a dog (black poodles, specifically) and chicken lover, your pictures captured my heart!

April 13, 2010 - 5:07 pm

Diane Gibeau - Dear Rosalind, you are sweet! I believe like you all life has value, especially in the garden. I have worked at a garden center for almost 15 years, the last 4 years I refuse to sell any chemicals. I have grown my garden using organic methods and as you would know I have no pest problems, sure a snail,slug and some aphids. I explain to the public we must keep a balance and by using the chemical killer way you upset the balance. I must say, each year more and more people are listening. The movement is on and we can thank people like you that started and keep up the fight. I saw you speak at the garden show in San Mateo, it was great!!! Thanks again for getting the word out. Also, I enjoy growing veggies in with the garden ornamentals, it’s a beautiful mix.
ps I am looking forward to purchasing your new book and showing others what is possible in their garden!!! (suggesting they buy it also) Thanks, Diane

April 19, 2010 - 10:46 pm

Warren R. Christianson - Thanks for sharing about Mr. X. After reading that, I have decided never to eat another chicken. I’ll stick with the plant foods. That rooster had real personality, didn’t he?

January 10, 2011 - 12:36 pm

technician jobs - Do you people have a facebook fan page? I looked for one on twitter but could not discover one, I would really like to become a fan!

April 2, 2011 - 9:54 pm

Jennifer - That was touching! Sorry for your lost. He was a gorgeous bird!