The Benefits of Edible Landscaping
Edible landscaping is another way to make an eco-friendly property more sustainable. Commercial food is generally grown with the use of pesticides and fertilizers. Also, the energy used to transport food can become an enormous use of fuel, especially when produce is shipped from abroad. Whatever food can be grown in the front yard minimizes the need for commercially grown food, therefore lessening the environmental impact of the food you eat.
Try a row of fruit or nut trees, almond, walnut, pears, cherries — whatever is most suited for a particular climate. Plant berry bushes, herbs, and a vegetable garden. All of this edible landscaping adds biodiversity, nutrients for the soil, and of course, food.
The front and backyards of a green home are more than green grass; they are an opportunity for an entire biodiverse microcosm, providing ways to lessen energy use, shelter for wildlife, and nourishment for you and your family.
Wilson, Alex. "Your Green Home: A Guide to Planning a Healthy, Environmentally Friendly New Home." (New Society Publishers, 2006).
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