Saturday, May 25, 2024

Edible Landscaping and its Benefits

Edible landscaping means dressing of land or environment with ornamental plants (creepers, climbers, shrubs, bushes, flowering plants, and annuals) in such a way that it gives not only beauty but also something to eat. The concept is gaining popularity to sustain food availability. The concept is mostly related with horticulture as it is growing of garden crops. In gardens we can make pergola, shading place for sitting etc. with grapes vines. For example, lettuces, blueberries, vegetables and natural product trees for a portion of the generally useless plant material. By adopting edibles in landscape configuration can improve a garden by giving a special fancy part with extra wellbeing, tasteful and financial advantages. Eatable landscaping is a blend of magnificence and efficacy. Be that as it may, edible landscaping doesn’t need to be all palatable. Filling the yard with edibles would frequently deliver excessively sustenance for most families, also time and work. Rather, vigilant arranging and the wise utilization of natural products, herbs and vegetables brings about a yard that is delightful, viable, outwardly satisfying. As a reward, it’s an extraordinary subject for discussion.

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Mujahid Ali1, Asad ur Rehman1, Abdul Khaliq2

(1Horticulture UAF; 2Sugar cane research Institute AARI)

In Pakistan mostly in Punjab enhanced population has put pressure to adopt it to provide need of house. Homeowners in various environment having small and large lawn areas can gain profit by a trellis of cherry tomatoes falling over the door, a fragrant outskirt of brilliant and delightful basils or a productive semi-overshadow apple tree or two. There are top notch and ornamental palatable plants for pretty much any garden setting in any atmosphere. Just the shadiest territories and wet soils are not appropriate. The sunniest spots and the zones with the choicest soil are best held for most organic product trees and yearly vegetables. Then again, there are culinary herbs appropriate for rough or poor soils and a couple of lasting edibles for wet areas. Hypothetically, any consumable plant can be utilized as a part of an ornamental landscape; yet for all intents and purposes and stylishly, some are more qualified than others.

Along with dwarf verities of fruits trees like lemon (especially Chinese lemon), falsa etc. can be planted in geometric eating flowers can be planted in garden. Karonda is beautiful shrub of which its fruit is used in various sweets and are used in sweet rice. It is good option for landscaping. Blue barriers could be grown in containers. Coriander can be grown as ground covers. Somehow planting them in the vegetable garden makes it seem more allowable to snip them for a salad. It is much appealing to grow beans with colorful and attractive verities, bell pepper, eggplant, onion, garlic and chives etc. Lettuces and spinach possibly be inter-planted with dwarf nasturtiums. Such kind of combinations can give aesthetic sense, truly nurtures all the senses along with eatables.

Edible landscaping has also some demerits too, for example vegetables attract insects, weeds and are source for different diseases. Diverse cultural practices (picking fruits and vegetables, mulching, watering, weeding, feeding, spraying and pruning) of fruit trees and vegetables damage the beauty of landscape. Anyhow its by carefully adopting, it will be useful similar to kitchen gardening. It should be noted that those plants which need much cultural practices should not be planted in the lawn.

Dr. Mujahid Ali
Dr. Mujahid Ali
I am working as Assistant Horticulturist (BS-18) at Water Management Research Farm Renala Khurd, before this served as Assistant Professor (IPFP) in Horticulture at the University of Sargodha. I have completed my Ph.D. in 2018 from the Institute of Horticultural Sciences, UAF previously worked as Visiting Lecturer in Horticulture UOS, worked as Research Fellow in ACIAR project on vegetables, and worked as Teaching Assistant in Horticulture UAF. Moreover, Ph.D. IRSIP did in the NC State University, United States.

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