Day 42: Edible Landscapes & Saving Bees!

It’s Day 42 of the Papa’s Walk Challenge.

Since 1986, we have had an organic garden in our front yard, where most people would have landscaping or lawn. That’s because California experienced a severe drought from 1985-1991.  My husband and I couldn’t justify watering a lawn – but a garden was a different story.  At the time, it raised a lot of eyebrows.  Some spaghetti squash '13of our neighbors didn’t appreciate the deviation from the norm.  We just kept planting and weeding and harvesting year after year – and shared the abundance with them. (See a picture of yellow spaghetti squash growing in our garden (taken this morning by my husband).

Then, about ten years ago, there was a distinct change in attitude.  People started stopping by the garden and asking questions.  They brought their children to see how vegetables grew.  Our garden influenced others to grow their own food.

Fast forward to today – and edible landscaping is gaining momentum!  On a 1.5 mile walk through my neighborhood today, I saw all of the following fruits and vegetables growing in front yard gardens and landscapes along the way:

  • Apples
  • Basil
  • Blackberries
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Grapefruit
  • Green Beans
  • Lemons
  • Lettuce
  • Limes
  • Loquats
  • Mint
  • Onions
  • Pears
  • Peppers
  • Persimmons
  • Plums
  • Prickly Pear
  • Pomegranates
  • Oranges
  • Olives
  • Radishes
  • Rosemary
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tangerines
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Zucchini

honey beeConsidering the devastating plight of the honey bee, this is a very good thing.  In fact you can learn more about the collapse of bee colonies worldwide here: Beemageddon

Then, find out 10 things you can do now to help SAVE THE BEES.



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