Edible landscaping can yield color, wildlife habitat, food
In this Oct. 18, 2012 photo, a blueberry shrub serves an edible as well as ornamental function, in Langley, Wash. Blueberries are an easy-to-grow alternative to turf in problem areas like around trees, slopes and pathways. (Dean Fosdick via AP)
By Dean Fosdick, Associated Press
Why bother mowing thirsty lawns when you can grow edibles? Replace those sorry-looking patches of grass around trees, pathways and slopes with mint, thyme, strawberries, and a host of attractive and practical fruits, vegetables and herbs.
“Turf is sort of the lowest common denominator in ground covers,” said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Portland. “It takes more work, specialized timing and tools. The advantage with edibles is that they provide more (wildlife) habitat and they also look good.”
This May 28, 2012 photo shows second year strawberries thriving in an area of partial shade on a private residence…
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