It is very satisfying to see results early in the season. I owe a debt of gratitude (and a share of what comes up) to my pal, G, who helped me get my kitchen garden planted after a long winter/early spring of first low energy and fatigue, then four weeks of vertigo. My vision for our property has always been garden space that is productive but also beautiful, a place to feel settled, energized, nourished.
Foodscaping, in other words.
My mother-in-law gave me a great book (Foodscaping, by Charlie Nardozzi) during our spring break visit to Maine. It has been an excellent resource as I integrate more food plants in with the ornamentals. Like:
Hot peppers and swiss chard in the front flower beds.
Kale and rosemary in front walkway ornamental pots.
Pole beans climbing over an arch (thanks, Hubby, for building)
Baby watermelon and sweet potatoes as ground covers.
Bee balm as pollinator attraction and tea.
Dedicated herb bed and medicinal herbs in fruit tree and flower beds.
Here are some pics of how things are going so far: