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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.

Gardening Adventures in April, Part II

Last week, I started my series of Gardening Adventures in April. In Part II of the series, I’ll share about my tour of Colonial Williamsburg with Becky of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs.

Becky took me back to Williamsburg and on Sunday I gave two lectures at their 66th Colonial Williamsburg Garden Symposium: one on edible landscaping and the other on heirloom vegetables and flowers. As usual, when I go to these seminars I always learn something. In this case, it was about both the new and the old. Lee Reich gave a real refresher course on unusual fruits and how they can be used in the landscape and the curator of the Williamsburg vegetable garden, Wesley Greene (whose official title is Gardener of the Historic Trades, Colonial Williamsburg) spoke to the old techniques in gardening. I was struck by how energy-saving and efficient they were. While I was there, I also took time to walk around their historical gardens, and I’m sharing my photos with you here.

The evening lighting captures the vivid colors of late spring. Note the wonderful middle bed filled with four fig trees and countless thyme and rosemary plants. Our ancestors needed the edibles to survive but added the flowers for their own pleasure.

Cold frames are a time-honored way to grow leafy greens over the winter and to start seedlings in the spring in cold climates. Like all good cold frames, this one is shorter on the south side to let in more sun. Notice the windowpanes, now stored behind the frame to let in the heat during the day. On cold days and at night, they are put on top to hold in the heat. Note, too, the heirloom lettuces, in all their glory.

 

Imagine my luck watching this cardinal look for caterpillars among the broccoli. After a while, he came out with a great big, fat caterpillar and commenced to eat it. All of a sudden, his wife appeared and harangued him. “That’s for the kids. You can’t eat that!” I got so swept up in the drama I didn’t photograph that part. Sorry. Natural pest control aside, these heirloom broccolis and cauliflowers will produce for months, unlike their modern cousins who produce one large head, and maybe a few small ones, all within two weeks.

Boy, wait until you hear the rest of the month.  To be continued . . .

June 1, 2012 - 2:29 am

Kelsey - I am so excited to see lots of posts from you! Your edible landscaping book is my favorite so it is awesome to get a few extra pictures on your blog to inspire!! I would love to take this tour so I am loving seeing your photos!!! Thanks again!!

June 3, 2012 - 3:22 am

Plant Stands - Gorgeous photos…and huge broccoli plants! Yum.

June 10, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Pat - Your site always has the most beautiful photos … those lettuces are just perfect!

June 11, 2012 - 5:37 pm

Rosalind Creasy - Thanks, i hope to keep them coming! Looks like you are involved with edible landscapes too. Great!
Ros Creasy

Gardening Adventures in April, Part I

I was so busy living April that I didn’t have time to write about April. But here’s a recap.

The first week I spent in San Diego with my daughter and grandkids, exploring. I sure enjoyed playing hooky. When I got back, I hopped a flight to Virginia. The first day I was there, Becky Heath came and whisked me away for the day. We started with a lovely drive through Gloucester, Virginia. This quaint town, home to Brent & Becky’s Bulbs, is filled with tulips and narcissus, planted in every curb, planter, and parking strip. The company donated most of the bulbs, and Becky, staff, and volunteers have planted them throughout the entire town. It’s a tribute to spring, spontaneity, and the generosity of these two growers.

She then took me to their nursery, which I have to say was very impressive and ambitious (and I’ve seen a lot of nurseries). Among other things, they have a living catalog. The beds are laid out the way the catalog is, from A to Z, and there’s the plant you may want to grow, often in bloom. They refresh the beds with plants from their coolers, so more is in bloom than you would ordinarily see. The other parts of the nursery are actual landscapes, at least eight of them, where they incorporate the bulbs with other plantings. It’s a valuable resource for people on the East Coast to see how the plants they choose will grow together. And then we had a wonderful lunch.

Be sure to tune in next week for part II of my April adventures!

 

 

Garden Gate Magazine Article

If you want to know more about my garden, check out the June 2012 issue of Garden Gate magazine. It gives a quick look at my garden in full bloom and production, and provides design ideas and tips for creating an edible landscape in your own yard. Right now, my article is featured in Garden Gates eNotes. If you want a copy of the magazine itself, you can ask for a preview issue at their website, www.gardengatemagazine.com.