A New World Edible Landscape In designing an edible landscape, we can take many different approaches.

One way is to mix and match the plants as we please. Another would be to create historically accurate landscapes from different historical eras, using appropriate plants. Let¶s apply the latter approach to the New World and look at some suitable plants. If there were such a thing as time travel, a trip back to a Middle Ages banquet to examine the menu would be revealing. There would be no salsa for Columbus hadn¶t arrived in the New World. Neither would you be able to feast on tomatoes, potato, squash, sunflowers, or corn. And you wouldn¶t even have chocolate for dessert. There would be fava or broad beans, but no green or limas. Agriculture in the New World was very advanced by the time Europeans arrived. Natives had observatories from which they could forecast accurately the best time for planting crops. Squash and pumpkins were ones that were domesticated later. Apparently these were first grown for their nutrient-rich seeds, which contained much-needed proteins and oils. The Indians had many kinds of beans, including runner beans. They are actually perennials, and not true annuals. Husk tomatoes were raised by Indians though they weren¶t as popular as true tomatoes. These husk tomatoes are usually served in salsas and sauces to bring out the full flavor. Another New World native, grain amaranth, almost disappeared from use mainly because its use was banned by Spanish conquistadors. They associated the plant with paganism since it was often made into special dishes for the pagan gods. Tomatoes weren¶t apparently grown as a crop. Instead it was a weed in corn fields, and may have come north as corn cultivation spread. Later it was recognized as a vegetable in its own right and was cultivated. For many people, the major crop of the New World is the chile pepper. Not everyone likes them equally hot, but chiles are no slouch when it comes to nutrition. An average red-ripe chile contains more Vitamin A than most carrots. The heat of chiles is sometimes expressed in Scoville units. The higher the number, the hotter the chile. A typical Habenero pepper has 259,176 to 442,847. Ranking at the lowest levels would be ones like the extremely mild Ancho pepper. It is all a matter of taste. Several seed companies specialize in peppers. These include The Pepper Gal. In pre-Columbian times, chiles were added to hot cocoa. I have made a dish, chicken mole, which includes chocolate and chiles. The chile and other New World crops have become essential foods and flavorings in many parts of the world. These plants are very suitable choices for the edible landscape. | Related Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

Vegetables in the Edible Landscape The landscape can fulfill many functions, both practical and aesthetic. Among the functional uses is when we create kitchen gardens, culinary herb gardens, and edible landscapes. Health is a concern for many people these days. One way we can maintain better health is to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, which is easy when we grow our own fruits and vegetables. The early American colonists lived largely on meats of all sorts and breads, which didn¶t provide a very well-rounded diet. At the present time, health experts and nutritionists are recommending people eat a minimum of four to six servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Those with high blood pressure should eat perhaps eight or ten per day. When one has a vegetable garden, it is very easy to consume that many servings of fresh produce with no special efforts. And that¶s another good reason for gardening. Plant breeders are focusing special attention on vegetables to increase the nutritional and antioxidant content of this fresh produce. A University of Florida project is developing new tomato varieties with 50% higher lycopene, an antioxidant, than traditional tomatoes. Lycopene is found only in crimson colored crops like tomatoes, watermelons, and pink grapefruits. Other scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are focusing on colors rarely seen in carrots, such as purple, yellow, and even white, because these seem to have health benefits. Researchers have already succeeded in increasing the traditional beta carotene content of carrots by about 60%. Purple carrots are also available. These unusually colored vegetables especially beneficial. For example, purple carrots are loaded with other antioxidants called anthocyanins, a pigment. Purple and red carrots, what color barrier will we see broken in the future? Seeds for orange, seedless watermelons are also available. Typically, it takes over a decade to breed and test new varieties of garden seeds. That may help explain why many of the independent seed companies are disappearing. About ten international seed companies now control around 30% of the commercial seed business. This was an increase of over 25% in just two years. Johnny¶s Selected Seeds is still one of the few surviving independents. The company¶s founder focuses on quality vegetable, herb and flower seeds. In addition to breeding, he also introduces outstanding, new varieties from Europe and elsewhere to the U.S. The Bright Lights Swiss Chard, an All-America Selections winner was an example of one of his successes. He releases a variety only after extensive testing in his farms in Maine.

Lawn Alternatives with Edible Landscaping, Rain Gardens, and Herb Gardens
by blair on June 14, 2010

Have you ever wondered why we fertilize our yards and spray our grass with harmful chemicals that will make it grow faster and fuller and then gripe about the fact that we have to mow it again?

Edible Landscaping
If you find yourself wondering why you¶re out there mowing again and again and again, consider turning some or your entire yard into an edible landscape. Edible landscaping, which is gaining in popularity, is simply incorporating food-producing plants, shrubs and trees into your yard. This can be done simply or you can go to elaborate means to create a growing space in which you can raise food to eat. There are two types of plants that you can include in an edible landscape. Annuals, which include most common vegetables, need to be planted each year. Perennials, which include items such as blueberries, strawberries or rhubarb, will grow and produce food year after year.

Benefits of Edible Landscaping
There are numerous benefits to landscaping with plants you can eat. There is no supermarket that can compete with the freshness of freshly harvested vegetables, herbs and fruits.

Growing your own food allows you to choose what pesticides, herbicides and insecticides you use. You can choose to include chemical sprays and powders or you can adhere to producing only organic food products. Edible landscaping can save you money. Of course, this depends on how elaborate you get with your designs and the materials you choose to use. Edible landscaping allows you to grow unusual items that you can¶t find at the local supermarket. One of the biggest benefits of gardening for food is the exercise you will get while you work outdoors in the fresh air.

Creating Rain Gardens
Rain gardens, which work to remove pollutants in the same manner as a forest or meadow, are a good means of reducing your impact on our planet. By capturing clean rainwater from the driveway, roof and sidewalks and diverting it into an attractive rain garden where it can slowly filter contaminants and soak into the ground, you will help the environment by reducing the amount of runoff that runs into our waterways and public sewer systems. Rain gardens can up to 30 or 40% more than a grass lawn. The principle behind a rain garden is that it is a place to hold water while slowly releasing it into the soil. This is much better for the plants than a situation where the garden receives pounding rains.

Incorporating Herb Gardens
Herb gardens are another means of adding some edible beauty to your backyard. Many herb plants make good garden bed borders. They are also ideal for container gardening in pots on your patio. You may want to consider extending your present patio to make additional outdoor living space where the family can gather and relax. There are many ways in which to expand patios to provide seating as well as containers for growing your favorite vegetables, fruits or flowers. A visit to your local garden center can provide a lot of good ideas.

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PERTANDINGAN KITCHEN GARDEN / EDIBLE LANDSCAPE 2009 Posted by admin on 2009/8/27 4:37:17 (195 reads)

Puspen Bachok telah dinobatkan sebagai Johan dalam Pertandingan Kitchen Garden/Edible Landscape peringkat negeri Kelantan anjuran Pejabat FAMA Kota Bharu,Kelantan pada 10 Ogos 2009.Pertandingan ini diadakan sempena Kempen Bumi Hijau.

Antara tanaman yang ditanam di sekitar Kitchen Garden,Puspen Bachok.

Bountiful and Beautiful: Garden Landscaping Ideas
Written by Charlie Nardozzi Share Drive around any residential neighborhood in the country and you¶re bound to see the same, standard landscaping theme²a few shade or flowering trees, a green lawn and some foundation shrubs around the house. But it doesn¶t have to be that way. Imagine having a yard that looks beautiful and produces fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs for you without a lot of extra work. That¶s edible landscaping. Edible landscapes incorporate food-producing plants into a residential landscape. It¶s really very simple. Instead of planting a purely ornamental tree, shrub or flower, choose plants that are beautiful and that also produce an edible crop. Why Landscape With Edibles? With concerns today about the quality, price and safety of our food, many homeowners are interested in growing some of their own food. Many, however, are overwhelmed by the idea of starting a large vegetable garden or planting fruits and herbs. Edible landscaping gives you the freedom to integrate as many of these edible plants into your landscape as you like. As you gain confidence in growing your own fruits and vegetables, you can increase the size and number of the plantings. While many homeowners may think edible landscaping will take too much time, consider that a fruit tree requires only a few extra hours of maintenance a year when compared with an ornamental tree. How to Get Started As with most ornamental plants, edible landscape plants grow best in full sun (at least 6 hours) and on well-drained, fertile soils. There¶s a wide variety of edible plants to grow in almost any setting. While an entire yard makeover using edible plants might be your goal, it¶s probably a bit too much for most homeowners to tackle all at once. The best way to get started is to substitute plants one by one.

Raspberries. Photo courtesy of the National Gardening Association. For example, instead of planting a flowering cherry tree, plant a sweet or sour cherry tree. Instead of planting foundation shrubs such as yews and burning bushes, plant blueberries and hazelnuts. Instead of planting inedible ornamental flowers, grow edible flowers such as daylilies (edible flower buds), bee balm (make tea from leaves and flowers) and nasturtiums (edible leaves and flowers). Or, grow beautiful vegetables, such as eggplants, Swiss chard and basil. Instead of a hedge of lilacs or barberries, consider planting a hedge of blackberries or raspberries. Container Edibles If you¶re strapped for space, try container gardening. Plant breeders have given us edible plants to fit into almost any size container. Dwarf varieties of tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, herbs and even squash can grow in containers on a deck or patio. There are diminutive fruit trees, such as the colonnade apple tree, which grows only 8 feet tall and 2 feet wide and produces a few dozen apples. You can grow dwarf tomatoes such as ³Window Box Roma´ or herbs such as creeping thyme and rosemary in small containers. The options are limited only by your imagination. For more great ideas, sign up for my free Edible Landscaping e-newsletter at www.garden.org/ediblelandscaping/. Charlie Nardozzi, a nationally recognized garden writer, book author, speaker, and radio and television personality, has appeared on HGTV, PBS and Discovery Channel television networks. He is the senior horticulturist and spokesperson for the National Gardening Association and chief gardening officer for the Hilton Garden Inn. Share

Edible Landscapes
Food plants can be used in landscaping just like ornamental plants: so why not have beauty, greenery, AND something tasty to eat? Edible plants don¶t have to be confined to a kitchen garden: they can be integrated into the ornamental plants in the rest of your yard, or make up all of the landscaping. Note that you don¶t have to choose between an edible landscape OR a kitchen garden: the two actually go very well together. Kitchen gardens can be a convenient and defined space to have your everyday vegetables growing, while you may have fruit trees, berries, artichokes, and less often used herbs making up the rest of the landscape. Here are some examples of some edible landscaping projects we¶ve done and ideas for you to consider for you landscape:

Vegetable Landscape Your edible landscape can be a large version of a kitchen garden, growing all of your favorite annual vegetables and herbs. This project was a front yard makeover, but could be done in a backyard as well. It¶s an easy project to quickly turn a lawn into a food producing paradise. The Farm Yard These were projects for the CSA trial program. Like the vegetable landscape, they were front yard makeovers which turned lawns into food. The difference is that these gardens did not feature any landscape design: everything is planted in rows, with more attention given to production rather than visual interest, and giving a very ³farm-like´ appearance. If you like that aesthetic, it¶s a very cost-effective edible landscape. Food Forest The food forest is a concept in permaculture. It combines annual vegetables and herbs, perennial edibles, and fruit trees in a landscape that mimics the layers of a natural forest. We have not done any projects that fall under this description but would be interested in doing this type of permaculture design.

Ecological Garden Like the food forest, the ecological garden features perennial food plants, but also integrates native and other drought tolerant plants that fit into our local ecosystem. This project has edible plants such as fruit trees, grape vines, artichokes, and culinary herbs close to the house, and native plants surrounding it. Other edible features can be added to any landscape. Grape or Kiwi arbor Espaliered fruit trees Edible hedges and border Fruit trees for shade and visual interest Installation Process Assessment The first thing we need to do is see your space. It is helpful if you have first considered if your space gets enough sun (4-6 hours direct sunlight a day), and what kind of access to water it has. Design and Pricing After your assessment we will put together a design and estimate. We can work through different drafts of these to fit your budget and garden needs before deciding on a final plan and cost. Installation Once the design has been approved by you, we get to work. Depending on the complexity, installation can take a day or a matter of weeks. Hardscaping, carpentry, and other building projects are usually subcontracted. Subcontracting arrangements can be made by you or us, depending on which you prefer.

Maintenance Edible landscapes will have varying maintenance needs depending on the plants you have. To keep your garden growing you¶ll probably want our Maintenance as well.

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Designing an Edible Landscape
I would like to know if anyone knows of a resource(s) for landscaping plans that incorporate fruits and vegetables. We always have a modest vegetable garden and want to landscape the rest of our yard. Rather than landscaping for "looks only," I want to have an "edible landscape." I'd like it to look nice too, so I was hoping to find a resource (book, CD ROM, or likewise) to give me a hand with the "design" aspect. Any suggestions? JRC

Edible Landscaping: Words From an Experienced Gardener
The idea of having tomatoes and onions growing in amongst your flowers and foliage plants is hundreds of years old, so there is a lot of information available. Here in England we use terms like "kitchen garden" or "potager" to describe it. My favorite author is Geoffrey Hamilton and I think you can get his books in the US. But you don't need special books to landscape a kitchen garden. I would recommend that you get a good seed catalogue, which you can get free at garden centers or by mail order. Get one with lots of pictures and pick out good-looking fruits and vegetables. It is also a good idea to find out about heritage or old-fashioned varieties, and also exotic varieties. For example, you can get string beans with red or yellow pods, purple carrots and red-and-green striped tomatoes. There is a variety of Swiss Chard called Rainbow Chard. The stalks and leaves are yellow, green and red all on the one plant. Other vegetables have very beautiful foliage. For example globe artichokes have lovely silvery deep-cut leaves, and carrots have lovely feathery foliage. Remember that vegetables don't grow in the shade. Also they mostly don't grow if they are too close to trees or large shrubs which steal all the water and food from the surrounding soil. I would recommend you check out organic gardening associations, as they tend to promote this sort of gardening. Also the Permaculture movement focuses heavily on the growing of food. The Internet is ideal for this sort of research. I use the website for the Henry Doubleday Research Association (an English organic gardening association). They provide free help sheets on line, which are very comprehensive. Lesley

Edible Landscaping: Plenty of Books for Resources
Go to addall.com and type in the words "edible landscaping." You will get a list similar to that below. Right now it shows ten books on the subject. Addall.com lists the books by the cheapest first (including the shipping charges) and indicates whether it is new, used, a remainder, etc. Here's the list:
1. Creative Vegetable Gardening: Accenting Your Vegetables with Flowers - Joy Larkom, ~ ISBN: 0896601129 ~ 2. Designing & Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally - Robert Kourik; Mark Kane ~ ISBN: 0961584807 ~ Paperback 3. Edible Landscaping - Margaret McAvin ~ December 1985 ~ ISBN: 0890286590 ~ Hardcover 4. Florida Home Grown Two: The Edible Landscape - Tom MacCubbin ~ ISBN: 0941263037 ~ Paperback 5. Forest Gardening: Cultivate an Edible Landscape - Robert A. De J. Hart ~ ISBN: 1870098447 ~ Paperback 6. Forest Gardening: Cultivate an Edible Landscape - Robert Hart ~ ISBN: 0930031849 ~ Paperback 7. Landscaping With Fruits and Vegetables - Fred Hagy, Clare McCanna (Illustrator) ~ ISBN: 1585671207 8. The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping - Creasy, Rosalind ~ ISBN: 0871562782 ~ Trade paper

9. The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping: Home Landscaping with Food-Bearing Plants & Resource-Saving Techniques-Rosalind Creasy ~ ISBN: 0871562499 ~ Hardcover 10. The Edible Landscape - Tom MacCubbin; Margaret Mott; Lynn O'Meara ~ ISBN: 18831140 Monica

Edible Landscaping: Creasy's Book Is a Winner
I have found Rosalind Creasy's book, The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping, the best I have seen. She includes layout, small space tips and the most comprehensive plant guide. The balance in the book is both edible and flavor. I get an immense satisfaction from planning and seeing the long-term payoff from edible landscaping. Louise

Edible Landscaping: For Alternative Gardening Ideas
For edible ideas, log onto echonet.org. They've got some great ones, a nursery, and probably a book about it too. Mostly geared for tropical climates, the non-profit group helps a lot of missionaries learn about native & edible plants. You'll find some interesting stuff. For instance, you can order seeds for a MORINGA tree. The leaves can be cooked and taste just like spinach! Also try organicgardening.com for great tips without fertilizers. Happy planting and eating! Kristine

SMK Sri Kukup johan Kitchen Garden Edible Landscape

PONTIAN 7 Ogos - Kelas Intergrasi Pendidikan Khas Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Sri Kukup, muncul johan kategori sekolah menengah pertandingan Kitchen Garden Edible Landscape. Ketua Pelaksana Program Bumi Hijau sekolah itu, Maryati Md. Khalid berkata, pertandingan anjuran Jabatan Pertanian Negeri Johor bertujuan bagi menjayakan Program Bumi Hijau dalam komuniti sekolah serta memberi peluang kepada pelajar serta pendidik berkomunikasi dengan masyarakat luar.

terung di antara tanaman hijau yang diusahakan oleh pelajar intergrasi pendidikan khas SMK Sri Kukup, Pontian.

Beliau berkata, peserta dikehendaki menanam sayur-sayuran hijau, cendawan tiram dan ternakan ikan keli sistem proasli dan sudut semaian. ''Bagi projek Edible Landscape dipenuhi dengan tanaman herba, gerai jualan laman pertanian, tanaman sayuran, ternakan puyuh daging, sudut ketenangan dan aliran ilham," katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia, di sini hari ini. Maryati berkata, dengan kejayaan itu SMK Sri Kukup akan mewakili negeri Johor dalam pertandingan peringkat kebangsaan yang akan diadakan di Melaka pada 14 Ogos ini. ''Kejayaan ini merupakan satu pemangkin kepada pelajar-pelajar yang telah memberikan komitmen dan kesungguhan dalam menjayakan program tersebut," katanya. Pihaknya juga berterima kasih atas sokongan yang diberikan Pengetua SMK Sri Kukup, Habsah Ibrahim selaku penaung projek itu. Katanya, program tersebut telah berjaya memberikan pendedahan kepada para pelajar dalam aktiviti pertanian dan ternakan. Selain itu, program tersebut juga dapat memberikan pendedahan kepada guru-guru dan kakitangan SMK Sri Kukup mengenai konsep Kitchen Garden Edible Landscape. ''Seterusnya, ia boleh dilakukan di rumah-rumah, tempat-tempat awam seperti surau, balai raya bagi sama-sama mewujudkan suasana hijau di tempat tinggal masing-masing," katanya

Edible Landscaping: A Blossoming Idea
by Naomi Shulman, Posted Aug 3rd 2010 @ 2:30PM Print |EmailShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on DiggShare on Lifestream

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Want an idea that's ripe for the times? Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on ornamental plants for your yard, spend it on edibles -- let those orange squash blossoms, red tomatoes, and purple cabbages be the main event. Edible landscaping, as it's called, is a trend that speaks to many current food issues. Want fewer pesticides in your salad? Done -- you know exactly what did (and didn't) go into growing this stuff. Want to keep your food supply local? You can't get much more local than your front walkway. The concept isn't new, of course -- kitchen gardens predate the kitchen, when you think about it. But the push to bring the edible stuff out of the backyard and into the front is very hot right now, with websites and books devoted to the topic. Advocates point out that integrating vegetables

into the rest of the greenery actually promotes both healthier diets and healthier gardens. "[It] works well because, if you're mixing in with flowers, it attracts pollinators," Susan Littlefield, horticulture editor at the National Gardening Association, told the Columbus-Dispatch. Planting this way also creates more flow in the landscape. "You don't have to think about digging up the yard and putting in a big rectangle," Littlefield pointed out. Advice for beginners abounds; local garden shops will have tips, too, and will be able to give specific pointers for your growing zone. And if you're an urban dweller, take heart: Container gardens can live on fire escapes (you didn't hear that here, of course).

Read more: http://www.slashfood.com/2010/08/03/edible-landscaping-a-blossomingidea/#ixzz10EucUSPQ

Who Is Edible Landscaping?
Edible Landscaping is a small company run exclusively by Michele Fitzsimmons, permaculture designer and educator. Since the mid 90s Michele has been developing her edible landscaping ethos. Having completed a permaculture design course in 1992, Michele decided to turn her hand to creating edible gardens and wildlife gardens which would benefit the community she was living in. Taking on the role of designer and project manager Michele got together with residents and permaculture enthusiasts and created several community gardens and local food projects. Since then Michele has worked with a range of clients to improve their environment and to create sustainable gardens and landscapes. These projects include integrated farm designs, school wildlife gardens, community gardens & household kitchen gardens. Edible Landscaping¶s philosophy in working with people is to start where they are at, inspire them with the possibilities and create an edible landscape design which they have ownership of and can take pride in.

The Kitchen Garden Yields Home Grown Produce A well-planned kitchen garden containing a variety of vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers is the solution to quick meals. This is one reason we need to set aside some space in our landscapes for these edible crops. In addition to traditional kitchen gardens, we can also grow these edibles in container gardens as well by using dwarf varieties. Some vegetables, such as colorful Swiss chard, is an ideal choice for flower beds. A colorful stir-fry of fresh garden veggies can be prepared and cooked in very little time. Just as important, this dish will be very beautiful to serve if it is made with colorful Gourmet Burgundy swiss chard, bicolored green and yellow scallop summer squash, golden and red sweet peppers, and broccoli. An ordinary tossed salad will be so much more attractive and nutritious if it is dressed up with some shredded purple cabbage and beets. For extra color, garnish with red Swiss chard and long, elegant, but ever so hot Kung Pao peppers. When time permits, use garden produce as garnishes for both cooked dishes and salads. For an especially elegant touch when entertaining, decorate homemade ice bowls with produce from the kitchen garden. Fresh herbs, and edible flowers like pansies are particularly nice when sealed in ice. These ice bowls are easy to make if you have a series of nesting glass bowls. For cold seafood salads, I would use an herb like dill around the top of the ice bowl. A homemade watermelon sorbet would look lovely served in an ice bowl rimmed with orange pansies. If time permits, surplus garden produce should be preserved for use later. Chile peppers are very easy to dry if they are strung together to form a traditional riastra. For an even more colorful touch, intermingle yellow pepper varieties with the red. Hot chiles aren¶t the only peppers that are ideal for drying. Special varieties of sweet red peppers are used to prepare traditional style Hungarian paprika. This is made by drying and grinding these peppers. Instead of letting those zucchini go to waste, harvest them when they are very tender and use them for pickles. For an even more attractive pickled dish, use the summer squash along with cucumbers, onions, red and yellow bell peppers for mixed pickles. For home grown fruits, the same approach works. I¶ve eaten delicious jams made from mixed fruits, such as blackberries, elderberries, rose hips, and plums. The reason most gardeners raise their own vegetables is because they say the ones you buy in stores are either tasteless or aren¶t fresh. Some varieties of heirloom vegetables are still around because gardeners found these to be more flavorful. As far as I¶m concerned, rhubarb is one of the best spring garden treats. If there is a downside to

this crop, it would be the fact that the season is just too short. Rhubarb fans will find ³RhubarbMore Than Just Pies´ by Sandi Vitt et al with an introduction by Lois Hole is one of the most useful books around. This definitive guide was published by the University of Alberta Press. This contains easy to make recipes for every sort of dishes from sauces and condiments to jams, soups, drinks, breads, and of course desserts. The ingredients are given in metric as well as the usual cups, spoons, etc. In addition, this contains everything you would ever want to know about rhubarb, such as its culinary history. This title features all the in-depth details on growing and caring for rhubarb in the garden, including the different varieties. For the edible landscape, the best title by far is ³Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruit-an Illustrated Encyclopedia´ by vegetable specialist Matthew Biggs, herb expert Jekka McVicar and organic gardening expert Bob Flowerdew. This comprehensive guide from Firefly Books contains everything you need to know to grow, harvest, and use garden produce. Among the crops are 70 or so vegetables, 100 fruits, and 100 herbs. This is suitable for novice and experienced gardeners alike. For each specific crop in the A-Z entries, this includes details on its history and origins, the different varieties, how to select, cultivate, and store the crops. There is even information on the plants¶ medicinal uses. This title is fully color-illustrated with over 1800 photos and illustrations, including scrumptious dishes. This title emphasizes organic gardening methods with companion planting and organic tips from Flowerdew. All the different types of fruits are given their own section, including tree fruits, tender fruits, and soft fruits. There is even a chapter on nuts. In addition, this helpful title also contains all the basic gardening how-to novice gardeners need along with a calendar listing for the various garden activities. The appendix features a glossary as well as a list of seed sources.

Edible Landscaping
Edible Landscapes by Harmony Gardens provides beautifully designed and maintained kitchen gardens right in your own yard. The traditional concept of a vegetable garden often conjures up the memories of unsightly and rectangular plots placed somewhere far in the back corner, as if not lovely enough to be close to the home. Those days are gone. With years of experience as a landscape designer, horticulturist Cindy Shuart will design truly inspiring edible landscapes that are really "outside the box". Imagine . . . raised garden beds of natural stone, stepping stones, garden sculptures, benches, arbors, grape trellises and water features. Now - picture a basket of fresh salad greens, sun ripened tomatoes, colorful peppers, plump blueberries, and the aroma of fresh herbs. We will design, install and, if you desire, maintain your gardens. We will help you to set up composting, drip irrigation and rain barrels. We offer fabulous ³sustainable cooking recipes´, cooking classes, and are now planing an organic canning element! Edible Landscapes is also working with the local area food charities to give back to the community any produce that our clients wish to donate. With concerns increasingly turning to our food security, availability, health, environmental protection, and healing, this is a way to begin to become more self-sustaining and to reduce our carbon footprint. Why not transform some of your turf grass into a production garden to feed your family? Let¶s work together to plan for a better future in a beautiful and fulfilling way.
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Tanaman sayuran jadi hiasan, beri pulangan

KOTA TINGGI 3 Julai - Penduduk Felda Semenchu, di sini beranggapan konsep Edible Garden atau Taman Dapur yang diusahakan merupakan aktiviti yang menarik dan memberi manfaat kepada mereka. Meski pun hanya diusahakan secara kecilkecilan, ia dapat membantu para peneroka di sini untuk menjimatkan perbelanjaan di samping menjadikan pertanian sebagai aktiviti harian.

Tanaman sayur-sayuran juga dilakukan di halaman belakang rumah di Felda Semenchu, Kota Tinggi.

Seorang penduduk, Jamak Rahmat, 57, berkata, projek berkenaan merupakan satu aktiviti yang menarik kerana ia bukan sahaja dapat memberi hasil tetapi membantu mencantikkan landskap kediaman masing-masing. Menurutnya, sayur-sayuran yang ditanam juga mampu menjadi sebahagian daripada perhiasan halaman kerana ia memiliki kecantikan tersendiri dan setanding dengan pokok bunga hiasan. "Sudah hampir lima tahun saya mengusahakan Taman Dapur ini dan halaman rumah saya nampak lebih ceria ketika kesemua tanaman yang diusahakan sedang masak ranum," katanya ketika ditemui Utusan Malaysia di rumahnya, di Felda Semenchu di sini baru-baru ini. Seorang lagi penduduk, Subari Radio, 60, berkata, projek itu secara tidak langsung dapat menggalakkan para peneroka mengusahakan tanah-tanah terbiar di sekeliling kawasan rumah. "Daripada kita biarkan kawasan tanah kosong dipenuhi semak samun, baik kita usahakannya, dapat juga kita menikmati hasilnya pada masa akan datang," katanya. Katanya, terdapat pelancong yang datang, melahirkan rasa kagum kerana mereka tidak pernah melihat pokok sayur-sayuran dijadikan pokok hiasan. Justeru, Subari berharap, penduduk di kawasan itu menyahut seruan Felda untuk mewujudkan Taman Dapur di kediaman masing-masing bagi menjadikan landskapnya lebih menarik.

Menanam sayur di kawasan sekolah

KOTA BHARU 19 Ogos - Wahidah Hassan Hilmi, 48, minat menanam sayur-sayuran dan juga hiasan landskap yang dianggapnya menyeronokkan apabila melihat ia membesar dalam suasana segar, indah dan mendamaikan. Namun laman rumahnya yang sempit membataskan usaha untuk menterjemahkan impiannya, justeru guru Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Langgar itu tidak keberatan menjadi Guru Penasihat Kelab Kemahiran Hidup. Dengan adanya kawasan di sekolah khusus untuk dijadikan taman tanaman makanan (edible garden), dia berkongsi kecintaan guru-guru lain dan murid-muridnya.
SEBAHAGIAN daripada landskap Harmony Edible Garden yang diusahakan oleh Cikgu Wahidah dan anak muridnya di Sekolah Kebangsaan Langgar, Kota Bharu.

''Di rumah saya hanya menanam sayur dalam pasu. Dengan adanya taman di sekolah saya dapat juga merasa mencangkul dan membuat batas bersama anak murid saya,'' kata Wahidah yang juga seorang Guru Cemerlang. Dia akan meluangkan masa sekurang-kurangnya tiga kali seminggu pada waktu petang untuk menguruskan taman yang dinamakan Harmony Edible Garden itu. Selain landskap yang membantu menjadi persekitaran sekolah lebih ceria dan kondusif, hasilnya boleh dikecapi bersama dan usaha kelab ini ternyata membanggakan warga sekolah. Taman Harmony Edible Garden SK Langgar menjadi juara keseluruhan pertandingan Kitchen Garden /Edible Landscape 2009 peringkat negeri anjuran Lembaga Pemasaran Pertanian Persekutuan (FAMA) dan Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani. Sekolah yang menjadi johan tiga tahun berturut-turut bagi kategori sekolah rendah peringkat negeri itu juga diumumkan sebagai naib juara peringkat kebangsaan pada satu majlis di sini barubaru ini. Wahidah yang mengetuai sekumpulan tujuh guru dan 10 murid yang bertanggungjawab mengendalikan taman seluas 30 meter persegi itu berkata, pihak sekolah mula menyertai pertandingan tersebut sejak tahun 2007. Dengan bantuan pekerja sekolah, plot kosong di tepi kantin ditukar menjadi tempat rehat yang begitu indah lengkap dengan jambatan kecil, air terjun 'mini' dan batu pemijak taman.

Jelasnya, mereka hanya mengeluarkan kos sebanyak RM1,700 pada peringkat awal membeli bahan seperti cat dan simen bagi menghasilkan sendiri hiasan sampingan selain kelengkapan wajib untuk berkebun. Menurut Wahidah, pihak jawatankuasa pertandingan menetapkan empat jenis tanaman sebagai syarat iaitu sayur-sayuran jenis berbuah dan berdaun, buah-buahan, ulam-ulaman dan herba serta penternakan ikan air tawar dalam kawasan taman. Katanya, ada antara benih dibekalkan secara percuma oleh Jabatan Pertanian dan ada yang dibeli sendiri pihak sekolah. Setiap tanaman diletakkan papan nama bagi memudahkan warga sekolah mengenalinya. ''Pada tahun ini kami menanam 43 jenis tanaman antaranya sayuran berdaun seperti sawi kangkung dan kobis; sayuran berbuah seperti cili, tomato dan bendi; ulam-ulaman seperti pegaga, kesom dan cekur manis. ''Kami menanam pokok herba seperti tongkat ali, misai kucing dan rumput Cina, juga menternak ikan sepat dan keli dalam kolam," katanya. Wahidah berbangga kerana murid-murid dan guru lain yang terlibat dalam projek ini begitu bersungguh dalam kerja mereka sehingga sanggup meluangkan masa lapang selepas waktu sekolah menjaga taman berkenaan walaupun pertandingan sudah berlalu. ''Sebelum hakim datang mengadili dulu, pernah juga sampai tiga jam sehari kami meluangkan masa. Tapi kami tetap mengambil pendekatan sama mengurus kebun ini sebaik-baiknya sehingga hari ini. ''Hasilnya dikongsi bersama dengan pelajar dan juga guru-guru,'' katanya yang amat berterima kasih dengan guru besar, Zunaidah Mamat yang memberi sokongan padu. Jelasnya biarpun 'berkebun' dilihat seperti kegiatan kokurikulum yang tidak gah, pihak sekolah tidak mengkhususkan projek ini untuk murid yang 'lemah' akademik sebaliknya minat yang menjadi kriteria utama. Tambahnya kegiatan tersebut bukan sahaja membuka ruang untuk mereka mempraktikkan apa yang dipelajari dalam kelas malah juga mendidik mereka bekerjasama, menghargai tanah dan tumbuh-tumbuhan. Muhd. Faiz Mohd. Ghani, 11, yang menjadi ketua kepada kumpulan 10 pelajar dan bertanggungjawab ke atas taman SK Langgar, berbangga kerana dapat menjadi sebahagian daripada pihak yang terlibat membawa kejayaan kepada sekolah. Murid yang sering menduduki tempat pertama dalam kelasnya ini berkata, walaupun terpaksa 'bergelumang' dengan tanah dan menyumbangkan tenaga, kumpulan pelajar yang terdiri daripada 4 lelaki dan 6 perempuan itu dicemburui oleh rakan-rakan yang lain.

''Ramai yang mahu jadi ahli jawatankuasa, tapi cikgu kami pilih yang betul-betul berminat sahaja. Saya sangat suka berkebun dan 'bermain' dengan tanah dan melihat tumbuhan yang ditanam hidup subur di depan mata," jelasnya. Penolongnya, Zafirah Mohd. Noor, 11, berkata, mereka bergilir-gilir membuat kerja mengikut jadual yang disediakan setiap hari antara pukul 5 hingga 6 petang termasuk hari Jumaat. Katanya, antara tugas wajib yang perlu dilakukan adalah mencangkul, mencabut rumput, membaja dan menyiram pokok setiap hari. ''Jika dibandingkan dengan rakan yang lain, saya tinggal agak jauh sedikit iaitu di Wakaf Che Yeh kira-kira lima kilometer dari sekolah. ''Tetapi ia tidak menghalang saya turut serta kerana biasanya saya juga terlibat dengan program kokurikulum lain sebelum itu," kata olahragawati sekolah itu. Seorang lagi ahli jawatankuasa, Nur Aisha Abdul Malik Ngo, 11, pula gembira kerana dapat mengenal lebih banyak jenis tumbuhan yang mempunyai pelbagai khasiat. ''Kalau dekat rumah boleh kenal ubi keledek saja. Tapi di sekolah saya boleh belajar cara menanam dan menjaga tumbuhan seperti temu lawak dan rumput Cina," katanya sambil memberitahu rumput Cina boleh digunakan sebagai ubat untuk melawaskan kencing.

Taman Kebun Dapur
March 1st, 2009 by admin

http://www.bharian.com.my/Current_News/BH/Sunday/Laman/20080824084613/Article/ Oleh Rohaniza Idris Konsep Edible Garden mengandungi pokok herba, sayuran, ulaman dan buah-buahan µEDIBLE Garden¶ yang diilhamkan isteri Perdana Menteri, Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah mencuri perhatian ramai ketika Festival Antarabangsa Landskap dan Taman Malaysia (LAMAN 2008), baru-baru ini. Begitu juga pada Pameran Pertanian, Hortikultur dan Agro Pelancongan Malaysia (Maha) yang berlangsung sehingga semalam, yang mana di laman sayur, pengunjung berpeluang melihat beberapa contoh Edible Garden. Apakah itu Edible Garden? Edible Garden jika ditafsirkan ke dalam bahasa Melayu bermaksud taman boleh dimakan. Ini bermakna taman yang dibangunkan mengandungi tumbuhan yang sesuai untuk dimakan atau pokok herba, sayuran, ulaman dan buahan. Bagaimanapun, kebiasaannya Edible Garden ini menampilkan tumbuhan jangka pendek iaitu tumbuhan yang hidup dalam tempoh satu hingga enam bulan. Namun, ada juga tumbuhan kekal yang boleh hidup lama yang sesuai ditanam di Edible Garden, seperti kayu manis, tanjung, serai dan pandan. Kebiasaannya, Edible Garden menampilkan ruang yang minimum, sempit dan digabungkan dengan tumbuhan landskap. Selain berfungsi sebagai kebun dapur, Edible Garden juga boleh menjadi landskap yang menarik jika bijak menggabungkan pokok herba, sayuran dan buahan dengan pokok berbunga atau tumbuhan landskap atau hiasan. Di pameran Maha, Institut Penyelidikan dan Kemajuan Pertanian (Mardi) bertanggungjawab membangunkan laman sayur mengetengahkan konsep Edible Garden dengan Minifertigasi. Menerusi konsep Minifertigasi ini, taman tidak perlu disiram atau diselenggara setiap hari sebaliknya pengairan dan siraman baja dilakukan menerusi sistem µtimer¶ - alat jangka masa yang akan berfungsi secara automatik mengalirkan air dan baja mengikut masa ditetapkan. Kaedah berkenaan sangat sesuai untuk penghuni kota yang sibuk kerana tuntutan kerja dan tidak mempunyai masa memberikan tumpuan kepada Edible Garden yang dibangunkan. Konsep Minifertigasi ini menggabungkan tanaman bersifat kekal lama dan tanaman sayuran jangka pendek yang dibina bukan hanya untuk tujuan mendapatkan hasil tetapi menyerikan dan mencantikkan laman. Sayur yang sesuai untuk Edible Garden Minifertigasi adalah sawi, terung, bendi, ulaman - gajus, tenggek burung, ulam raja dan sabung nyawa. Tumbuhan jenis perisa juga sesuai untuk melengkapkan lagi Edible Garden seperti pudina, kesum, serai, kari dan pandan. Apakah pula Minifertigasi? Ia adalah cara fertigasi yang dilakukan secara kecil-kecilan dan ringkas. Perkataan fertigasi berasal daripada perkataan fertilization (pembajaan) dan irrigation (pengairan). Dalam fertigasi, proses pembajaan dan pengairan diberikan serentak kepada

tanaman. Fertigasi tergolong dalam kumpulan hidroponik iaitu pengeluaran tanaman tanpa menggunakan tanah. Dengan menggunakan kaedah fertigasi, tanaman tidak dijangkiti penyakit akar seperti Pythium, Fusarium, Rhizoctonia dan penyakit layu bakteria yang kebanyakannya di bawah tanah. Selain itu, tanaman berkenaan dapat ditanam di mana saja asalkan cukup cahaya untuk tujuan fotosintesis dan mempunyai tempat meletak beg plastik. Dalam sistem minifertigasi, medium yang mudah dicari dan murah akan digunakan seperti habuk sabut kelapa atau sekam bakar. Selain itu, medium lain yang boleh digunakan adalah pasir, batu kerikil granit, perlite, vermiculite dan maidenwell diatomite. Sebaik-baiknya, campuran medium seperti habuk sabut kelapa dan sekam bakar digunakan untuk memberi pengudaraan dan sokongan kepada akar berpaut di dalam beg plastik. Tetapi penggunaan satu medium saja boleh digunakan bergantung kepada kawasan. INFO: Tip bangunkan Edible Garden Seeloknya gabungan deria untuk membangunkan Edible Garden seperti sentuhan, rasa, mendengar, melihat dan bau. Pastikan gabungan yang sesuai - seeloknya pokok ulaman tanpa perisa dengan pokok yang mudah diserang penyakit seperti pokok bunga tahi ayam dengan tomato. Gunakan pasu dan petak kayu atau plastik serta hiaskan dengan batu sungai dan batu pasir untuk mencantikkan lagi taman Buatkan busut dan susun pokok secara bertingkat atau buatkan pegola dan sangkutkan pasu kecil di para-para untuk memberikan kesan eksotik. Gunakan sabut kelapa kering untuk menutup ruang dan menaikkan seri taman. Anak Pandan: Edible Garden bukanlah satu konsep atau teori baru. Edible Garden adalah sesuatu yang sudah lama dipraktikkan di beberapa buah negara termasuk negara-negara miskin dan negara yang di´embargo´ seperti Cuba. Ianya juga dikenali sebagai Kitchen Garden disesetengah tempat. Kaedah ini telah banyak membantu rakyat miskin untuk mengekalkan kehidupan sihat dan cergas disamping mengurangkan perbelanjaan untuk dapur mereka.

SMK Pdg Besar ( U ) kini berubah wajah lagi. Kalau kita selalu pergi ke Blok Kem hidup dan ERT, anda akan disajikan dengan suasana yang begitu indah.KITCHEN GARDEN merupakan satu bentuk landskap menarik dimana kepelbagaian tumbuhan atau tanaman herba boleh disusun supaya nampak menarik. Selain daripada menjimatkan kos runcit untuk barangan dapur, kita boleh menjadikan ruang itu untuk bersantai di petang hari. Maka ianya boleh dipraktikkan dirumah.

Guru-guru boleh menjadikan sebagai tempat untuk membawa murid-murid dan menjadikannya sebagai stesen pendidikan luar bilik darjah (PLBD)

Guru Sains juga boleh membawa pelajar ke sini semasa P & P mengenai sistem rawatan air, pembiakan tumbuhan dan biodiversiti dan kepelbagaian tumbuhan dan haiwan.


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