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The Advantages of Edible Landscapingfrom: Lawn and Garden Magic
Consider the many advantages to participating in the practice of edible landscaping. As one might imagine, edible landscape elements are those that can be used for food, as well as for ornamental beauty. Vegetables, herbs and fruits can add variety and color to the landscape, and if well maintained, they can also look very attractive and even add a touch of elegance.
Most people prefer to keep the edible elements of their landscape to the back portions of their property. While this may be reasonable for a more conventional garden plot, a well placed squash patch in the front yard or beautiful raspberry bushes against a fence can look quite attractive anywhere on your property, and fruit trees are always welcome. Strawberries and herbs make excellent ground cover and peppers and tomato plants make excellent accents in flower gardens.
Here are some of the advantages to incorporating edible landscape elements into your environment.
Less effort caring for the lawn. Trying to maintain a manicured lawn can be a daunting task. One way to reduce the amount of lawn that you do have to take care of is by adding more edible elements. If you pay someone to keep your lawn for you, it can become quite expensive. Edible elements are excellent ways to reduce the area of your lawn, making the upkeep easier, without having to spend a great deal of money.
Increased quality of life. You can have a better quality of life by taking care of these edible elements in your landscape because you'll get more exercise and more time in the fresh air. Inside of an office and home, the air does not circulate as well. Sick building syndrome is an actual condition that results in respiratory problems associated with being indoors too much. Sometimes, with all of the dust and other small particles constantly floating through the house, the air inside a home can be more polluted than the air outside. The outdoors can help alleviate many of the problems of this nature.
Experts agree that exercise is important and tending your edibles can be an enjoyable way to get some physical activity. You feel better when you exercise and your body is healthier. Increased physical wellness also results from the fact that you can choose not to use pesticides and thus grow food that is better for you. There are also mental health benefits associated with tending plants. Additionally, the satisfaction one feels from growing something for your own consumption adds to feelings of self worth.
Quality family time. Taking care of an edible landscape makes a great family activity. A family can spend time together and children can learn the value of hard work as well as learning to respect and enjoy nature. These days, with so many distractions tempting the family in manyl different directions (or even to just sit in separate rooms watching TV or playing on the computer), working together for a common goal can really help family members discover each other.
Environmental benefits. You can help the environment by growing edible elements in your landscape. When you eat what you grow, you decrease demand for factory farming and processed foods, which in turn helps the environment. Additionally, if you choose to shun harmful chemicals like pesticides, you're decreasing dependence upon harmful products. Additionally, you are also helping reduce the demand for transporting produce to stores, thus affecting truck emissions.
Financial benefits. And one cannot forget the pocketbook. Edible landscaping provides food for your family, allowing you to save money at the grocery store. If you have enough room, it's even possible to grow enough food to freeze or can some of your food for winter. This can result in great savings. With berries, apples and crabapples, it's also possible for you to inexpensively make your own jellies and jams. During summer months, there's no need to purchase any of your produce at the store if you have properly planned your edible elements. Although items like citrus fruits and melons may not grow in your climate, most vegetables and berries grow almost anywhere. This means that you can buy a few items of desire and grow most of the rest of your produce.
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