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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.

Managing Squash Bugs

It’s planting time in most parts of the country, and many of you are growing squash in your landscape. This week, Ros received a reader question about dealing with those nasty squash bugs. Read on for more information…

Q: (…) how do you keep the squash bugs away. I have them every year with no way to rid them. I would not put toxic poison out, I want it ito be free of bugs and snakes with out poison.– Pearl

A: Hi Pearl,
Squash bugs can be a persistent problem along the East Coast and in Midwest gardens. To keep them under control, choose summer squash as they are more resistant than winter squashes and pumpkins. Two suggestions for control: keep mulch well away from squash plants as the bugs congregate under loose material to avoid the heat of the day and cover young plants with floating row covers. When they start to bloom, remove the covering so bees can pollinate the flowers. By that time the plants should be large enough to withstand the bugs but if you occasionally hand gather them in the early morning while they still move slowly and drown them in a can of soapy water, you can keep the hoards at bay.

As far as the snakes, of course they are great for the ecosystem, but certainly not welcome in the garden under your squash. Visit the website: http://www.chiff.com/a/garden-snakes.htm  for lots of good ideas for keeping them out of your garden.
Great Gardening,
Ros Creasy

Adult Squash Bug


Photo Credit: By Richard Bartz, Munich aka Makro Freak (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons


Making Edible Gardens Look Beautiful Year-Round

Recently, Ros received a question from a reader regarding making edible gardens look beautiful year-round. Read on to learn more about Ros’ tips for extending beauty through fall and winter.

Q: I have been growing vegetables in my 125 sq ft back yard for several years. The challenge has been making it look beautiful in the fall and winter.  Does your new book discuss year round gardening? And could you please list the flowers that are pictured in the slide show.

Thank you for sharing, you are an inspiration.


A: Hi Andrea,
Yes, I discuss making the garden beautiful all year round. You didn’t say where you live but I find that strong lines created by raised beds, boxwood hedges, and interesting paths helps a lot to give a sense of place. Adding color with containers, painted walls and or gates, and a focal point or two – maybe a trellis, birdbath, or sculpture in a critical juncture holds the viewer’s eye in the space. You might even create a collection of antique garden tools or say Mexican sun faces on the far fence, or even hang a large decorative mirror there. (A mirror makes a small place look larger and is used by designers when there is something nice to reflect in the glass.) And as far as edibles, there are a number that grow well in all but the coldest winter areas including kales, cabbages, leeks, and chard. You can plant them in decorative blocks or diamonds instead of the usual straight rows, or plant them around a birdbath or sundial. Edible Landscaping has many more ideas; these are just to get you started.
I’d love to see photos of your finished creation. If you agree, I could then share it with others.
Thanks for the question,

Ros Creasy


Pomegranates, lemons, and persimmons make up my fall harvest.

April 18, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Emmon - The photo above is so rich and wonderful in so many ways — it seems to be telling a story all by itself! I just heard about your from a colleague! Looking forward to learning more about your book!

Edible Plants as Ornamentals

Often, our own preconceptions about growing edibles limits our ability to do so. And the number one offender is the belief that vegetables need to be grown separately from purely ornamental plants. While it is true that some gardeners have their vegetables in different beds and containers, there really is no reason for the division.

In fact, many edibles are just as beautiful as a traditional flower or foliage plant. By including unusual vegetables in your designs, you are extending the structure, color and variety of potential plant materials. And, when combined with non-traditional planters, they can be real show stoppers.

If you are looking for inspiration, there is a great article on the design website, Houzz.com. Marianne Lipanovich writes about a whole host of ways to highlight vegetables in ornamental beds and containers. She’s also kind enough to mention Ros’ latest book, Edible Landscaping, as a resource. Houzz is a fantastic site and is also available as a mobile app. Below is a slideshow of photos from Marianne’s article:

April 5, 2012 - 6:10 pm

Phil (Smiling Gardener) - Love the vegetables by the pool! I’ve been hearing a lot about houzz lately. Seems like it’s making a splash.