Ray Sher on Foodscaping Your Home
Ray grows a lot of food at his home in a nicely Foodcaped yard filled with fruit trees and vegetable growing beds all around his corner lot. Except in his back yard, all beds are wavy, flowing natural shapes which is what he recommended. (But rectangular beds can also be done in attractive ways and may even be a better fit depending on the architectural style of your home.)
Ray shared pictures of attractive planted beds planted with attractive arrangements of plants, some of which were food, some of which could just as easily been food. Many were mixed edible & ornamental plants. And one was a beautiful foundation bed at Ray’s home consisting entirely of edibles–pansies, nasturtiums, chards, & tall dill in the back. Nasturtium has a peppery taste & both flowers & foliage are edible. Pansies are pretty bland. They are often candied with sugar & used for cake decorating.
We then discussed attractive edible plants for use in these beds, focusing on our winter season crops which consist primarily of some very attractive leafy greens. Cabbages, chards, kales, lettuces, bok choys, beets and the like have lush lovely foliage and pleasing shapes. And they come in reds, purples, yellows, oranges & white, solid and speckled. Deep dark red Ruby Streaks Mustard and Bulls Blood Beets. Bright red, orange and yellow rainbow chard. White stalked bok choy and white bulbed kohlrabi. Red Russian which is really purple if you ask me. Purple Kohrabi has very pretty purple veined foliage that stands taller than most other winter greens giving you a height option. Pea vines are also attractive. Winter herbs with lovely foliage include chamomile and tall, frilly dill and fennel.