One approach I haven’t taken on yet, but that I’m exploring the benefits of: foodscaping.
Not familiar with the practice? The term’s pretty self-explanatory (it’s also called edible landscaping or food gardening), but here’s a general gist: It’s landscape design that’s focused specifically on integrating food-producing plants. Instead of organizing your garden beds to look pretty, you’re laying things out on your property to look pretty and provide fresh produce for you and your family — about the most locavore-centric eating you can get.
A lot of us get into at least a small degree of what foodscaping is built on — if you have a raised garden bed with some strawberries and basil in it, you’re kind of dipping your toes in. But full-on foodscaping can turn your whole yard into a functioning food garden, with edible and medicinal herbs and flowers in your front garden beds, a forest garden around your property with fruit and nut trees… even replacing your lawn with buckwheat.
A convenient thing for people in Nashville who are interested in bringing some edible landscaping into their home: We have a local company here that’s entirely focused on foodscaping, called Nashville Foodscapes.
But if you’d rather turn to the pros, Nashville Foodscapes does everything from consultations on overall foodscaping strategies to full foodscaping design, installation and help with maintenance. Here’s a full rundown of Nashville Foodscapes’ services.
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