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On the weekend I started working my way through Edible Landscaping. Thanks to whoever returned it to the library, because I’d had it on hold for a couple weeks and was on pins and needles to finally get it.

I know absolutely zilch about landscaping, but want to have a long-term plan for our little plot of land so I can maximize our space and make sure the neighbours are still happy to live by us. There seems to be an idea that food production and having an attractive yard are mutually exclusive goals, and I’m hoping to prove that wrong.

I don’t know how I’m going to do this yet, but that’s why I’m reading the book.

The first step in developing an edible landscaping plan is to figure out what you’ve got. This means measuring out your plot and figuring out where your house and other structures are so you know how much space you have.

Measuring is always easier with two people. Charlie was working freelance when I needed to do my measuring, though, so I did most of it by myself. That meant I got to wrangle a 25-foot measuring tape by myself, but it got done.

What we’ve got: our lot is approximately 50×170′. This is 20 feet longer than we thought. I’m not sure if the city technically has an easement on the first 20 feet or if the auction company just estimated the length when we bought the house, but either way there’s around 50×170′ of mostly usable space.

I measured everything out and figured out where the house, garage, raised beds and grape vines are located to everything else. The next step was drawing it out.

I was going to do it on graph paper, but then Charlie said he could do it in Illustrator so we went that route instead. Here’s the map we developed of our lot.

The next step will be figuring out where to plant a couple dwarf apple trees and how to develop some attractive spaces for growing in the front yard.

Any suggestions?

3 Responses to “Edible Landscaping: Step One”

  1. What Pigs Don't Know
    14 January 2011 at 10:20 am #

    Annette –
    I tried clicking on the link of the map but it isn’t working for me. Would love to see it. It’s very possible that Jason/I could help you. We’ve owned a landscaping company for 5 years. Plus he’s close to finishing his Master’s in Landscape Architecture. Let me see that map! -Carrie

  2. CoMo Homestead
    14 January 2011 at 10:50 am #

    Sorry about that! I think it should be working now.


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