The Edible Landscape
With proper planning, every landscape should have room for vegetables, fruits, and herbs.
Concord Seedless and Interlaken Seedless Grapes
There are many fine grape varieties available. Here are details on several wonderful disease resistant varieties. These include the Concord Seedless and the Interlaken Seedless.
20th Century and Barland Pears
Pear trees are a wonderful choice for the edible landscape. Here are profilesof some recommended pear varieties.
A New World Edible Landscape
In designing an edible landscape, we can take many different approaches. One way is to mix and match the plants as we please. Another would be to create historically accurate landscapes from different historical eras, using appropriate plants.
Additional Asian Persimmon Varieties
Quite a few Asian persimmon varieties are well worth growing. These include Fuyu, Saijo, and others.
An Introduction to Common Buckwheat
Common buckwheat is recommended both as a grain crop for home gardens and as a green manure/cover crop.
IŽll never forget the first time I tasted a Limbertwig apple.
Apple Cider from Home Orchards
While hard cider is suitable for long-term storage, Sweet cider is drunk fresh.
Arbequina, Manzanillo, and Maurino Olive
Arbequina and Manzanillo are two olive varieties that are grown in America. Others include Maurino.
Arnold and Calloway Crab Apples
The Arnold crab has been around for over a hundred years. There are some other excellent varieties as well.
Asian Persimmon History
The Asian persimmon tree has a long and interesting history. The plant is native to Asia.
Astringency in Persimmons
There are both astringent and non-astringent persimmons. It is important to know which type you are dealing with before you attempt to use or eat it.
Barouni and Other Olive Varieties
Many varieties of olives are grown around the world. Only some of them are cultivated in America, such as Barouni and and Coratina.
This history of the Bartlett pear is fascinating. Here are details on its origins and tips on growing the trees and using the fruits.
Basil for the Landscape
Basil is the most widely grown herb in America.
Beans of the New World
Several bean species are native to America. These are suitable for the edible landscape.
Belle Angelvine and Other Pears
The heirloom pears are very suitable for modern landscapes. They have enduring qualities and have withstood the test of time.
Belle Lucrative and Other Pears
When choosing fruit trees for the home orchard and landscape don't forget the pears. Here are details on some delightful heirlooms.
Black Twig and King David Apples
There are many fine heirloom apples that are suitable for home orchards. Here are profiles of several.
Bluebell and Venus Grapes
Among the disease resistant grape varieties are some delightful high quality grapes. These include the Bluebell and the Venus grape.
Books on Edible Crops
Vegetables were among the earliest crops to be domesticated by humankind. While veggies and other edibles have traditionally been grown in separate areas of the landscape, this is by no means necessary.
The history of the Bosc pear is unclear. Here are details on growing and using this delightful heirloom pear.
Buckwheat for the Edible Landscape
For gardeners with enough gardening space buckwheat is an excellent small grain crop.
Buckwheat History and Background
Buckwheat is highly recommended as a small grain for home gardens and homsteads. This has been in use since ancient times.
Buckwheat Yields and Harvest
Buckwheat is a very useful crop for home gardeners and homesteaders. These can be grown for grain and as a green manure/cover crop.
Cantaloupes and Muskmelons
Cantaloupes are two of the more commonly grown types of melons. They were both originally native to India and Iran.
Chojuro and Highland Pears
Gardeners can choose from both European and Asian pear trees for the home landscape. Here are profiles of some recommended varieties.
Choosing and Using Blueberries
Choose the best type of blueberry for your garden in order to reap a bountiful harvest.
Choosing Melon Varieties for the Garden
Choose melon varieties that are suited to your particular growing situation. Factors to consider include the length of the growing season, climate, and disease/insect issues.
Cider and All Purpose Apples
There are many varieties of apples avilable for the garden. Some are intended for cider, while others are all purpose.
Cider Apples and Cider History
In the last couple decades there has been increased interest in cider making.
Citrus Description and Propagation
The citrus are among the most popular fruits. These are suitable for home gardens in warm climates.
Clapp's Favorite and Other Pears
There are many heirloom varieties of pears, including Clapp's Favorite. These are a good choice for home orchards and edible landscapes.
The Comice is one of the most populr pears. Here are details on its history, cultural needs, and use.
Crabs for the Home Orchard
Gardeners can choose from many kinds of crab apples. The tea crab and Trailman crab are exceptional ornamentals with edible fruits.
Crops for the Edible Landscape
There are many crops suitable for the edible landscape. These include the broad bean as well as the soybean and peanut.
Dolgo and European Crab Apples
When it comes to flowering trees, you can't go wrong with the crab apples. The Dolgo is a long-time favorite.
Drying, Storing, and Using Persimmons
Persimmons are very versatile fruits. They can be preserved and used in so many dishes.
Earliest History of Olive Tree
The earliest known history of the olive tree dates to about 100 B.C. Early on, this was spread by Middle Eastern caravans to other parts of the world.
Edible Landscape Book Reviews
If you're thinking of turning your yard into an edible landscape, there are many gardening books that can help. Here are reviews of some recommended titles.
Edible Landscape Book Reviews
Rising food prices have revived interest in vegetable gardens. For those new to edible landscaping, here are some recommended books.
Edible Landscaping Book Reviews
These days more people than ever are growing their own food. Here are reviews of some books that can help both novice and experienced gardeners.
Edible Landscaping Tips
With the economic downturn, interest in vegetable gardening will continue to grow. Because of the high demand for seeds and vegetable transplants, gardeners are urged to place their orders early.
Enjoying the Harvest
The growing season brings a rich assortment of fresh garden produce for our tables. Any surplus that can't be consumed fresh can be preserved for later use. Here are some cookbooks and food preservation titles that will be helpfulto gardeners.
Our edible landscapes are the sources of many delightful culinary treats.
Flemish Beauty and Golden Spice Pear
Pears are a good choice for the home landscape. Gardeners can choose from many kinds of wonderful European pear varieties.
Florence and Garland Crab Apples
Among the flowering crabs are native species as well as heirloom varieties.
Food Gardens Book Reviews
With edible landscaping the goal is to harvest your own fresh produce. Here are some books that can help those planning food gardens.
Food Plant History Books
The more we know about plant history, the more interesting gardening becomes. Rich folklore surrounds our garden plants.
Food Preservation Book Reviews
Gardens provide more fresh produce than we can use or give away. Here are reviews of books with wonderful jam and pickle recipes.
Forelle and Other Pears
Home landscapes are ideal places for fruit trees. Here are some recommended pear varieties.
Garden Report on My Veggies and Herbs
Though the summer has been hotter and drier than usual here in western North Carolina, it hasnŽt keep my veggies and herbs from doin well.
General Tips on Growing Citrus
Citrus is a good choice for the home garden for those living in warm climates where frost isn't a serious problem.
Geneva and John Downie Crabs
There are many fine ornamental crabs from which we can choose. Some of these bear excellent quality fruits that are used for culinary purposes.
Glenora and Canadice Seedless Grapes
Gardeners won't go wrong with the Glenora and the Canadice Seedless grape. These disease resistant varieties are perfect for the home garden.
Great American Persimmon Varieties
There are a number of superior American persimmon varieties. These include Szukis, Yates and others.
Growing and Caring for Melon Plants
Melons are grown around the world. In America, they're a common crop in all regions, especially the Imperial Valley of California.
Growing and Harvesting Persimmons
Persimmons are easy to grow. Requiring little care, these plants can yield 30 pounds of fruit per year.
Growing and Planting Blueberries
Blueberries thrive when their growing conditions are suitable.
Growing Asian Pears
The long-lived Asian pears can live for three hundred years or so. Hot summers produce the best tasting Asian pears.
Citron is a rather uncommon citrus. This does well in tropical regions.
Growing Conditions for Olives
Olives are easy to grow so long as they're provided with the right growing conditions. These are suitable for various regions of the U.S.
Growing Conditions for the Buckwheats
The buckwheats are very easy to grow provided growing conditions are suitable. These are suited to specific regions and climates.
The grapefruit grows very well in some parts of the U.S. These are suitable for home gardens in warm climates.
The kumquat is a unique kind of citrus. This is suitable for home gardens in warm climates. They can also be grown indoors and in greenhouses in pots.
Lemons are much in demand. These do best in warm climates.
The limes are among the most popular citrus. These are suitable for home gardens for those living in warm climates.
The mandarin is a popular citrus. These are fairly easy to grow.
Growing Sweet Oranges
Sweet oranges are probably the most widely cultivated citrus of all. These are suitable for sub-tropical and tropical climates.
Half-high and Novelty Blueberries
When planning fruit plantings gardeners should consider the half-high and novelty blueberries.
Harvesting and Using Olives
Olive fruits are easy to harvest. They can be used for oil or can be prepared as table olives.
The best time to harvest melons is during the cooler part of the day. The flavor is generally better if these aren't chilled before serving.
Harvesting Pears and Expected Yields
Pear trees yield slightly less than apple trees. These should be picked before they're fully ripe in most cases.
Heirloom Apples for the Garden
There are many heirloom apples available. Here are several varieties for the home orchard.
Hewes Crab Apple
If I could only have one crab apple, it would be the Hewes. This is an outstanding heirloom variety.
History and Folklore of Crab Apples
Much history and folklore surrounds crab apple trees.
History and Use of Melons
Melons have a long, interesting history in Europe and the New World.
History of Pears
The history of pears began thousands of years ago.
History of the Blueberry
The history of blueberries is fascinating.
History of the Orange
The orange has a long and interesting history around the world.
History of Watermelons
Watermelons were apparently native to tropical Africa. Historically, these were very popular crops in Africa and the Middle East, particularly in ancient Egypt.
Honeysweet and Other Pears
Along with the vegetables and herbs include some fruit plants. The Honeysweet and Korean Giant pears are good choices.
Insects and Diseases of Melons
All types of melons generally can suffer from the kinds of insect and disease problems. This includes watermelons.
Kerr and Oregon Crab Apples
While some crab apples are native, others are cultivated varieties. Here are some great ornamental crabs with excellent quality fruits for culinary purposes.
Gardeners can choose form nany kinds of fruit trees for their landscapes. Pears, such as the Kieffer, is a good choice for many areas of the country.
Kitchen Garden Book Reviews
The quality of home grown produce can't be beat. With that in mind, here are reviews of some vegetable and kitchen gardening books that will appeal to gardeners.
Kitchen Garden Cookbooks
Kitchen gardens offer bountiful harvests throughout the growing season. Kitchen gardeners will find the following cookbooks to be particularly useful.
Koroneiki, Picholine, and Other Olives
A number of olive varieties are suitable for American gardens. These include Koroneiki, Picholine, and others.
Lakemont and King of the North Grapes
When choosing grapes for the home garden keep Lakemont Seedless and the King of the North in mind. These are very disease resistant varieties.
Louise Bonne of Jersey and Madeleine Pears
Many kinds of plants are suitable for the edible landscape. Pears, such as Madeleine, are a good choice.
When choosing pear trees for the home landscape consider modern and heirloom varieties. Magness is a delightful release dating from the 1960's.
Maxine and New Century Pears
When choosing fruit trees for the home orchard a mix of modern and heirloom varieties work well. Here are profiles of some recommended varieties.
Mission and Frantoio Olives
Mission and Frantoio olive trees are suitable for some regions of America. These are only two of the olive varieties that are grown in the U.S.
There are a number of excellent modern apple varieties. The following are recommended for home orchards.
Moonglow and Anjou Pears
The Moonglow and Anjou pears are delightful choices for the home orchard. Here are details on growing these two varieties.
More on Asian Pears
It is fairly easy to grow Asian pears. Here are details on planting, pollination, and care.
More on the Seckel Pear
Here is detailed information on growing, harvesting, and using the wonderful Seckel pear.
More Pear History
The history of European pears is a fascinating story.
New World Grape History
There are a number of native grape species in America. In addition the European grapes were also introduced to the New World by the Europeans.
Nitaka and Orcas Pears
Pears are a good choice for many areas of the country. Both the heirloom and modern varieties, such as Nitaka and Orcas, are good for landscapes.
Old Cider Apples
There are quite a few apple varieties that are traditionally used for cider.
Old Traditional Cider Apples
There are a number of apple varieties that are used for cider.
Old World Grape History
Humans have enjoyed grapes for thousands of years. The European grape is now grown worldwide.
Olive in Etrusca and Rome
Prior to the arrival of olive trees in ancient Rome, the Etruscan people grew these in some other regions of Italy.
Olive in European Life and Culture
Olive trees as well as olive groves and olives played a role in European life and culture after the fall of the Roman Empire.
Olive Tree in the Ancient Mediterranean Region
In ancient times, the olive tree played a major role in the Mediterranean area. This was true for those on ancient Crete as well as the Phoenicians, Minoans, and the Mycenae people.
Olive Trees in Ancient Italy
Olive trees arrived in Italy prior to the Roman Empire. However, the empire was responsible for the spread of olive cultivation throughout the Mediterranean basin.
Olive Trees in Modern Europe
Olive trees continue to play a role in modern European life. To this day, olive oil remains an integral part of the Mediterranean diet.
Orient and Passe Crassone Pears
Fruit trees earn their keep. Pears are a good choice for most areas. Here are profiles of several varieties.
Outstanding American Persimmon Varieties
Named varieties of American persimmons are generally superior to seedlings. Some of the outstanding types include the following.
Outstanding Asian Persimmon Varieties
Of the superior Asian persimmon varieties, the following stand out from the crowd.
Patten and Pineapple Pears
Fruit plants of all sorts are a good choice for the home landscape. The Patten and Pineapple pears are excellent varieties.
Pear Propagation and Care
Pears are generally budded or grafted onto a rootstock. These usually aren't grown from seeds.
Pear Tree Description/Background
Pears can live for at least 50 years. These trees are more upright and vertical than apple trees.
Pears in the New World
Pear trees were planted early in Colonial America by Europeans.
Pendolino, Picual, and Other Olive Varieties
Pendolino, Picual, and Sevillano are only some of the olive varieties that are grown in the U.S.
Perry pears have been in use for several thousand years. These pear trees are easy to grow.
Pests and Diseases of Pears
A number of different pests and diseases can occur on pears. The most common problems are fire blight and codling moth.
Planting and Caring for Crab Apples
Crab apple trees are easy to grow.
Buckwheat is easy to grow. This is recommended as a green manure/cover crop and small grain.
Plant melons in the spring after the soil is sufficiently warm. These are quite sensitive to frost.
Pollination and Planting of Pear Trees
Most European pear trees will need cross-pollination as do some Asian pear varieties. Here are details on the pollination needs and planting of these trees.
Potomac and Other Pears
Gardeners can choose form many kinds of pears. The following are highly recommended for the home orchard and edible landscape.
Potted Fruits in the Landscape
Annuals are by far the most popular container plants in the landscape. Yet many other kinds are suitable for growing in pots.
Prairie and Prairie Spy Crab Apples
When it comes time to choose a flowering tree, consider the native prairie crab and the Prairie Spy crab. These fruits are excellent for culinary purposes.
Pruning and Uses for Pears
Pears are an ancient fruit that can be used for many culinary purposes. The young trees require some pruning and training.
Recommended Persimmon Species
Persimmon trees are a great addition to the landscape. There are four species suitable for American gardens.
Red Bartlett and Rescue Pear
Some pears stand out from the crowd. Red Bartlett and Rescue are two wonderful varieties for the home garden.
Red Jade and Red Siberian Crabs
Of the many fine crab apple v arieties available, the Red Jade is an outstanding ornamental along with the Red Siberian.
Redbud and Ralph Shay Crabs
With so many wonderful crab apple varieties, it can be hard to choose a tree for the landscape.
Reliance and Price Grapes
The Reliance and Price grapes are outstanding varieties for the home garden. These are disease resistant grapes.
Requirements for Growing Pears
The hardiness and chill requirements can differ from one pear variety to another. Here are details on growing pears.
Rousselet and Santa Claus Pears
There are some delightful heirloom pears available. Thee are suitable for home orchards.
The Seckel is a unique highly lauded American pear.
Selected Asian Persimmon Varieties
The following Asian persimmon varieties are well suited to American gardens.
Sheldon and Other Pears
Many kinds of pears are suitable for the fruit garden. The Sheldon and Shin Li Asian are highly recommended.
Shinseiki and Other Pears
Fruit trees deserve a place in the edible landscape. Here are profiles of the Shinseiki pear and others.
Siberian and Southern Crabs
When one is choosing a species of crab apple, there are many wonderful kinds available. The Siberian and Southern crab apples are especially ornamental and bear edible fruits.
Some 1930's Apple Varieties
A number of outstanding fruit trees originated in the 1930's and 40's. Here are several apple varieties to consider when planning your home orchard.
Some Crab Apples for the Edible Landscape
When considering trees for the edible landscape, consider the crabs. These plants offer edible fruits that are used for various culinary purposes.
Some Delightful Pear Varieties
When it comes to fruit trees pears are considered the aristocrats of the fruit world. The Summer Blood Birne and Summercrisp are wonderful pear varieties.
Some Delightful Pears
Many kinds of fruit trees are suitable for the home landscape. There are some wondeerful heirloom pears, including Beurre Superfin.
Some Disease Resistant Apples
Disease resistant apples are especially suitable for organic gardens. A number of varieties are available.
Some Excellent Crab Apples
Whether you're choosing a crab apple for a home orchard or for a garden, there are many excellent varieties. Here are some that bear excellent crops of edible fruits.
Some Excellent Highbush Blueberries
There are many excellent hughbush blueberry varieties, including the following.
Some Great Heirloom Apples
Among the heirloom apples are some great ones that are perfect for modern gardens.
Some Great Heirloom Apples
When planning the home orchard, include some heirloom apples. These are well worth growing.
Some Great Modern Apples
Of the many modern apple varieties some stand out from the crowd.
Some Heirloom Crab Apples
Among the many fine crab apples are several heirloom varieties that are outstanding. These include River crab and Sargent crab.
Some Heirloom European pears
Among the European pears are many wonderful heirloom varieties. Here are details on some pears that are suitable for the edible landscape.
Some Highbush Blueberries
The highbush blueberries are highly popilar. Here are details on some well known varieties.
Some Outstanding Blueberries
Home gradeners can choose from many fine blueberry varieties, including the following.
Some Popular Asian Persimmon Varieties
Some of the Asian persimmons are very popular. These include Fuyo and Hachiya as well as a few others.
Some Recommended Garden Books
A number of gardening books focus on vegetables and other crops for the edible landscape. Here are some recommended titles.
Some Unusual Apples for the Garden
Along with the commonly known varieties, choose some unusual apples for your garden.
Specialty Potatoes for the Edible Landscape
Home-grown potatoes come in a rainbow of colors.
Spinach for the Edible Landscape
Spinach is an ideal choice for the kitchen garden.
Splitleaf philodendron is a stunning foliage houseplant that bears edible fruits.
Sunflowers for the Landscape
Sunflowers have many uses in the landscape.
Tartary and Other Buckwheats
In addition to the common buckwheat there are several other species suitable for home gardens and homesteads.
The Aurora and Beurre Picard Pears
When choosing pear varieties for the home orchard there are many varieties from which we can choose. Here are details on a new modern variety and a beloved heirloom.
The Baldwin Apple
When it comes time to choose apples for the home orchard, there are so many fine heirloom varieties. Baldwin is one of those.
The Beautiful Crab Apple
Extremely hardy, crab apple trees are very showy.
The Best Rabbiteye Blueberries
There are many varieties of rabbiteye blueberries. Herre are details on some of the best ones.
The Chapin and Colette Pears
Home orchards are more popular than ever. Fruit trees are also a good choice for the home landscape. Here are profiles of some highly recommended pear varieties.
The Columbia and Dana Hovey Pears
Both the European and Asian pears are suitable for home orchards. You won't go wrong with Conference and Dana Hovey pears.
The Concord Grape
The Concord is a delightful all purpose grape. It is extremely disease resistant.
The Conference and Daisui Li Pears
When choosing pear trees for the home landscape and home orchards do consider the heirloom varieties.
The Edible Landscape
Tasty tomatoes,freshly harvested lettuce, and succulent ripe strawberries. Enjoy this and more from the edible landscape.
The Edible Landscape
Tasty tomatoes picked at the peak of perfection, freshly harvested lettuce, and succulent ripe strawberries. If you want them, youŽll have to grow them yourself.
The Golden Russet Apple
The Golden Russet apple is a delightful heirloom variety.
The Hosui Asian Pear
When planning the eidlbe landscape include some fruit plants. The Hosui Asian pear is a very good choice.
The Kitchen Garden Yields Home Grown Produce
A well-planned kitchen garden containing a variety of vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers is the solution to quick meals.
The McIntosh Apple
The McIntosh apple is now a classic apple and remains one of the most popular all purpose varieties.
The Nelis Pears
There are several types of Nelis pears. These are wonderful heirloom varieties.
The Neptune and Mars Grapes
There are a number of wonderful disease resistant grape varieties. Here are details for the Neptune and some others.
The Olive Tree
The long lived olive tree has been grown for thousands of years.
The Olive Tree in Ancient Greece
The olive tree was an ideal choice for farmers in ancient Greece.
The Paw Paw
The paw paw is a unique native fruit in America. This is a member of the custard apple family.
The Three Sisters Garden
The Three Sisters Garden is very traditional.
The Urbaniste Pear
The heirloom fruits are desirable plants for the landscape. The Urbaniste pear is a wonderful variety.
The York Imperial Apple
If I only had room for one apple tree I would choose the York Imperial.
When you're planning your 2010 garden do make room for Tomaccio. This new gourmet cherry tomato is the best tasting variety around.
Transcendent and Wealthy Crab Apples
There are some wonderful heirloom varieties of crab apples. Here are some recommended ones.
Tsu Li and Tyson Pears
When it comes to fruit trees nothing beats pears. The Tsu Li and Tyson pears are highly recommended for the edible landscape.
Ubileen and Vermont Beauty Pears
Consider some fruit trees along with other edible crops for the landscape. The Ubileen and Vermont Beauty pears are good choices.
Ugli Fruit and Pommelo
The Ugli fruiit and the pommelo are two unusual types of fruits. These are suitable for home gardens in warm climates.
Useful Crab Apples
Crab apples are among the most useful plants we can grow.
Vegetable Gardening Book Review
In hard times people turn to their gardens for food. This new vegetable gardening book by Eliot Coleman is an especially helpful title.
Vegetable Gardening Books for Beginners
A number of gardening books offer expert advice to novice gardeners. Here are reviews of some excellent titles for beginners.
Vegetables in the Edible Landscape
The landscape can fulfill many functions, both practical and aesthetic. Among the functional uses is when we create kitchen gardens, culinary herb gardens, and edible landscapes.
Vicar of Winkfield Pear
There are many wonderful heirloom varieties for the edible landscape, including the delightful Vicar of Winkfield pear.
Warren and White Doyenne Pears
Fruit trees are a good choice for the home landscape. Here are some recommended varieties of pears.
Wassailing the Apple Trees
At its very heart the custom of wassailing an apple tree is a fertility rite.
Space saving watermelon plants are available. These include Early Moonbeam and Sugar Baby.
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