Beyond The Veggie Patch: Edible Landscaping Options For A Healthier 2020

This time of year, many people are making New Year’s resolutions; unsurprisingly, four of the Top 10 are health related. One practice that could make the biggest difference in keeping your healthy resolutions is incorporating hyperlocal food (food grown within 10 miles) into your diet—and the easiest way to do that is to grow it yourself.

Because most people don’t own acres of farmland, many are instead opting for integrating edible plants into their landscaping. The result is not only beautiful, but also puts healthy plants at our literal fingertips.

Vegetables and herbs are the obvious choices, and we have produced a variety of articles and videos on the easiest ones to grow at home . But that’s only the beginning; consider these four other options for edible landscaping:

1. Flowers —Not only do begonias, daylilies and hibiscus add a pop of color to your landscaping, but they also add a wonderful pop of flavor to your salads and dishes. There are hundreds of options for you to try.

2. Pools —Swimming pools, koi ponds and even fountains provide fantastic ambient humidity for edibles you may not have thought about growing in the desert, including bananas. Planting near your pool helps you create a lush oasis that yields delicious benefits.

3. Heat —Speaking of the desert, it’s a myth that nothing grows during the summer. Plants like pineapple guava, natal plum, moringa and sweet potato flourish in the heat and offer some tasty variety during summer months.

4. Weeds —To many people’s surprise, weeds can provide appetizing options for healthy eating. In fact, wild purslane, which is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, is one of the healthiest plants you’ll find. Celosia is another some consider to be a weed but actually tastes great.

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