Can You Eat Your Yard?

Can You Eat Your Yard?

I had this thought.  I am a low maintenance girl and I really like it when the things around me are the same.  I am always trying to figure out the easiest landscaping options that will still look good.  I loved all of our flower beds when we moved into our house because they had been done in perennials, which come back every year with little help from me.  That was perfect.  We also had a large yard full of large trees.  This created a park like setting, that once again, requires very little maintenance. 

Since I do have a large yard, I started thinking again.  What if I could also EAT what was growing in my yard.  I am sure that thought makes most of you think about just having a garden.  Not me!  I think, WOW, that's a lot of time and work.   We have started small this year.  I wanted a Saskatoon bush and my daughter wanted raspberries.  We are not enjoying their fruits yet, but it has gotten us started, no tiller required. 

What else could I add to the mix?  I grew up where honeysuckle grew along the fence lines and you could pick the flowers and suck out the nectar.  It was a great treat during our PE classes when we were supposed to be playing softball. After growing up, I spent some time in Seattle, where blackberries grew like weeds.  Anywhere you walked, there was a snack waiting to be picked and no one cared.  I want to duplicate that feeling without resorting to laying in my grass and eating the ever present dandelion greens.

My next step is planting strawberries in my containers.  I think I can manage to cover them with a net to keep the birds away.  Step 2 is to add a couple of blueberry bushes to my collection.  And Step 3 is that I am going to put a couple of potato plants in a coffee bean bag. These are all things that should be low maintenance and will provide locally grown foods that my family loves.  Wish me luck.