New Design Software!

Texas Edible Landscapes is proud to announce a new look to our designs! We have always created designs to scale, presented on 24″x36″ architectural paper, a digital rendering of the same design as well as a PowerPoint presentation detailing the finer points of the design. This will all remain the same, but the designs now utilize a CAD format that are much easier to read as well as the ability to produce beautiful, life-like 3D designs if desired!

See photos below for a sneak peak of the new views! I’ll update this page as this design progresses!

Cost-Conscious Landscaping for Seniors on a Budget

If you’re a senior with limits of both a physical and budgetary nature, it may be time to engage your creativity and willingness to try something new if you’re determined to have an attractive and welcoming yard. You can make it happen as long as you’re willing to employ some strategies that may seem unusual or impractical. You will need to consider some “out-of-the-box” options that fall within your budget and your abilities to maintain a landscape that appeals to you, earns the admiration of neighbors, and even raises your property value.

Recruit Help, Have a Plan

If you have limited mobility, arthritis, or some other health issue, you may need help when it comes to lugging around things like pavers, bricks, mulch, or bags of gravel or stones. This is a good time to call on a young relative with a strong back, preferably someone who also has a green thumb. Things will go a lot more smoothly if you make a plan first. Consider taking photos or video of your yard so you can determine how to properly arrange your landscaping.

Also, look for ways to save on gardening supplies by shopping at Lowe’s and taking advantage of in-store savings and cash back reward programs through sites like Ebates. It also pays to do some comparison shopping when it comes to mowing the lawn. The cost of paying a lawn service is just slightly more expensive than doing it yourself (about $270 annually), though you’ll avoid exerting yourself in the heat during the spring and summer.

 

Reduce Your Lawn Size

It makes sense that it’ll be easier and less expensive to develop the landscape you want if there’s less space to deal with. The benefits of doing so will be apparent right away. Select a portion of your lawn to replace with ground cover, such as hostas, salvia, or whatever is appropriate to your climate and growing season. Incorporate raised beds for easier access and elements of hardscaping such as gravel or stone over a landscape cover, which will reduce your need to fertilize and water and save money. Also, be sure to use a sturdy pair of gardening gloves.

Emphasize Perennials, Not Annuals

If you have large beds to fill, go with perennials over annuals, which will provide you with just one year of visual pleasure. Perennials, on the other hand, may last for several years. Planting rudbeckia, for example, will produce a strong root system and will be self-sustaining, whereas daisies will die at the end of the growing season. Planting hydrangea will have a similar effect and save you the cost and physical labor of replacing an annual every year.

Go Native

You can save significantly on fertilizer, pesticide, water and hours of back-aching labor by favoring native plants as much as possible. Native plants will flourish, whereas those that are native to other areas will require lots of special care. For example, if you live in the southwestern United States, planting cactus, Apache plume, Mexican evening primrose, black dalea, or chuparosa means less upkeep. If you aren’t sure what plants are native to your area, contact a gardening store or garden club, or do some research online.

When starting your landscaping adventure, remember to watch for savings on lawn supplies, and investigate ways to recycle by dividing existing plants and rooting new ones. There are many ways to save money and labor — carefully consider every one because, taken as a whole, they can help you create the landscape you’ve always wanted.

 

This article contributed by Bret Engle at diyguys.net.  Check out his website for more projects like this.  Thanks, Bret!

 

Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

Mugwort

Mugwort in the edible landscape

Mugwort – A Magical Herb with Many Uses!

Mugwort is an herb with an ancient past.  Anglo-Saxon tribes believed this was one of 9 sacred herbs given to us by the gods.  It was used as a flavoring for beer long before the tradition of using hops.  It was considered magical, protecting weary travelers against exhaustion.  In fact, Romans planted it along roadsides for this reason.  It was also used by travelers to put in their shoes to relieve aching feet.

John the Baptist was said to have worn a girdle of mugwort when he went out to the wilderness.

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Comfrey

Comfrey in Edible Landscape Design

Comfrey – A Most Useful Plant in Edible Landscapes!

Even though comfrey is not edible, it is still considered one of the most useful plants in an edible landscape.  It has the ability to gather nutrients from deep within the soil, bring it to the surface and make it bio-available for surrounding plants; it is a come and cut again crop, producing up to 4 harvests per year and can be used in medicine and for mulch.  Comfrey is the ultimate permaculture plant! Continue reading “Comfrey”

Moringa

Edible Landscape Design

Intro

Moringa is an age old plant with many benefits and many nicknames, one of which is The Tree of Life!  This is NOT an herb so you may wonder why I am including this in my series, All About Herbs.  Well, I am going to treat this as an herb because of the way we use this tree and the benefits it has in the garden and to humans. Continue reading “Moringa”

Moon Planting in the Edible Landscape – April 30, 2018

gardening by the moon for an edible landscape

Welcome to a new episode of planting by the moon! 

What does the moon have to do with my edible landscape?  Why should I care?  Is it really all that much better?  One of the principles of permaculture is “obtain a yield” and we will obtain a bigger yield, thereby enabling us to “return the surplus” much more.  For more on permaculture principles, click here.

The Phases of the Moon

The moon has four phases or quarters lasting about seven days each.The first two quarters are during the waxing or increasing light, between the new and the full moon. The third and fourth quarters are after the full moon when the light is waning, or decreasing.

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Moon Planting in the Edible Landscape – April 27, 2018

Welcome to a new episode of planting by the moon! 

What does the moon have to do with my edible landscape?  Why should I care?  Is it really all that much better?  One of the principles of permaculture is “obtain a yield” and we will obtain a bigger yield, thereby enabling us to “return the surplus” much more.  For more on permaculture principles, click here.

The Phases of the Moon

The moon has four phases or quarters lasting about seven days each.The first two quarters are during the waxing or increasing light, between the new and the full moon. The third and fourth quarters are after the full moon when the light is waning, or decreasing.

Continue reading “Moon Planting in the Edible Landscape – April 27, 2018”

Tarragon

Intro

Artemisia dracunculus (little dragon), commonly known as tarragon, is one of the most expensive herbs one can buy and is the most widely used herb in French cooking.  It is native to Russia, Eurasia and China.  It is now spread widely across Europe and North America.  It has been used for medicinal purposes over 600 years.  Introduced to Italy during the 10th century by the Mongolians, it was used as a sleep aid, breath freshener and as a culinary seasoning.   Continue reading “Tarragon”

Planting by the Moon in the Edible Landscape – April 20, 2018

Welcome to a new episode of planting by the moon! 

What does the moon have to do with my edible landscape?  Why should I care?  Is it really all that much better?  One of the principles of permaculture is “obtain a yield” and we will obtain a bigger yield, thereby enabling us to “return the surplus” much more.  For more on permaculture principles, click here. Continue reading “Planting by the Moon in the Edible Landscape – April 20, 2018”

Moon Planting in the Edible Landscape – April 16, 2018

Edible Landscape Design

Welcome to a new episode of planting by the moon! 

What does the moon have to do with my edible landscape?  Why should I care?  Is it really all that much better?  One of the principles of permaculture is “obtain a yield” and we will obtain a bigger yield, thereby enabling us to “return the surplus” much more.  For more on permaculture principles, click here.

The Phases of the Moon

The moon has four phases or quarters lasting about seven days each.The first two quarters are during the waxing or increasing light, between the new and the full moon. The third and fourth quarters are after the full moon when the light is waning, or decreasing.

Continue reading “Moon Planting in the Edible Landscape – April 16, 2018”