9 No-No’s in the Edible, Drinkable Landscape

| 10/17/2018 10:42:00 AM


Yucca. The beautiful flowers of a mature yucca plant may tower six feet. Beware: the root is tough and the spikes rough.

I’m a fanatic about the edible, drinkable landscape. Both parts: the challenge of creating a beautiful landscape in a city setting and that of getting maximum food production for year-round enjoyment. It has been exciting to be able to grow all kinds of fruits, vegetables, and herbs even on a small city lot. And so satisfying to have enough to eat fresh and for canning, freezing, fermenting, and dehydrating!

But to be honest, as I look at the urban gardens all around me, mine included, what I see is overplanting. Over production. Too much plant material to be able to care for, let alone process in the kitchen.

Now that I’ve grown just about every edible plant available, here are some I would advise against planting, at least without some warning:

Elderberry. Fantastic plant for fast screening but then it keeps on going. Elderberry could take over the world. The flowers are wonderful, and the berries prolific, but a vigorous spreading habit takes a heavy hand to subdue in a city setting. Alternative: rhubarb.

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