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8 Plants For An Edible Landscape | Have Your Landscape And Eat It Too

Although many families have vegetable gardens in their yards today, there are also many more who feel they need to decide whether they create the beautiful landscape that they’ve always wanted or a culinary garden. They need to make this decision simply because they do not have the space for both. However, this doesn’t have to be as difficult as it is may seem. Read on and learn how to create your own beautifully edible landscape.

A Beautifully Edible Landscape

There are many, many plants that you can have as part of your landscape, that you will be able to eat as well! Although some plants may be more for one climate over another, don’t forget that you can use containers as well. So don’t be afraid to include tropicals even if you live in a colder climate.

In this article, we will discuss 8 plants that you might think are decorative only, but have culinary uses as well, along with a few plants you might think belong in the vegetable garden, but work great in the landscape as well. And they are all easy to either find or start yourself. You can have your landscape and eat it too!

1. Swiss Chard:

Although usually found in the garden, swiss chard can work itself well into a landscape or even a window box. When combined with other flowers and plants, its’ large, deep green leaves makes for a very nice display. Add a bit of color by using rainbow chard with its’ brightly colored stalks. Harvest as you would in the vegetable garden.

8 Plants For A Beautifully Edible Landscape

Swiss chard plant plugs may be purchased or the plants may easily be started from seeds.

2. Papaya:

Although it needs a warm climate to survive year round in the ground, the papaya is a fun tree to have in your garden. The large unique leaves of the plant will stand out among the other plants in the garden, and for those in colder climates, the papaya may be grown in a container.

Papayas grow fast and begin to bear fruit within a year of planting. Trees may be male, female or hermaphrodite. If you have male or female plants, you will need one of the opposite to fertilize the blossoms. However if your tree is a hermaphrodite, it will fertilize itself.

8 Plants For A Beautifully Edible Landscape

8 Plants For A Beautifully Edible Landscape

The papaya can get quite large, 16 to over 30ft tall. This is great if you can actually plant it in the ground, but not so much if you want to keep your tree in a container. Because the trees grow so quickly from seed (the seed that you get out of a papaya fruit from the grocery store will work fine), if the tree becomes too difficult to manage in its’ container, or even in the garden, take it out and start a new one.

Papaya will produce fruit regularly, so if you you find yourself over run with the fruit, to where you can’t give it away, the fruit will dry/dehydrate nicely, as well as make excellent preserves.

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3. Cactus:

Did you know that a good many cactus plants are edible? Especially popular in the garden are the paddle type cactus, which includes the prickly pear. These paddle type cactus have edible fruits as well as the paddles themselves being edible. Although some of the paddles can be easier to clean than others when it comes to removing the little spines, they are not difficult to prepare, and there are many recipes available for this addition to your culinary landscape.

8 Plants For A Beautifully Edible Landscape

8 Plants For A Beautifully Edible Landscape

And for those who live in colder climates, there are choices for you as well. You can either keep the cactus in pots, or there are some that do very well in northern gardens and will survive year round outdoors.

4. Hibiscus:

Along with it being a pretty and popular flower, especially in tropical gardens, the hibiscus is high in vitamin C and minerals. There is a bit of a controversy as to if all or just certain types are edible, but either way, there are still many that will fir into this category. Also, what is used on the plant and how it is used, depends on the flower. Tea, salads and garnish, and cranberry substitute are just a small sampling of what some of the flowers are used for.

Although they prefer direct planting in the garden, the hibiscus will also do pretty well in a container. If you are in a cold, northern area, this will allow you to bring the plant indoors for the winter. However, there are now some more cold tolerant plants being sold in the north, with a huge, almost dinner plate size flower, that might be worth looking in to if you live in that region. Like their smaller, warmth loving counterparts, they come in some beautiful colors as well, however it would be advantageous to double check to make sure that these are just as safe for culinary use.

5. Pineapple:

When you think of pineapples, you probably don’t think about them as part of a culinary garden. But, it makes a delightful addition, as well as a conversation piece. And it really is an easy plant to start. The next time you purchase a fresh pineapple, after you cut the green top off, place it in a soil filled pot. Water as you would any other plant, and there it is. You have a new pineapple plant underway.

As with all tropical plants, if you live in a warm climate, your pineapple may be placed directly into the soil. However, if you are in a northern climate or have very limited ground area, your new pineapple will do very well in a container (although like any other plant, it will need some transplanting a few times as it grows) and can come indoors in the cold.

8 Plants For An Edible Landscape | Have Your Landscape And Eat It Too

8 Plants For An Edible Landscape | Have Your Landscape And Eat It Too

It is quite interesting to see a pineapple grow (1 per plant only), and the little pineapples are quite cute, looking like mini me’s of the adults. Keep in mind however, that once the pineapple has grown and has been harvested, the plant will no longer produce fruit. It may produce “pups” though, which are baby pineapple plants that you can remove and replant to grow even more fruit. If your old pineapple plant is no longer producing fruit, but does produce lots of pups (as one of mine does), it may be worth keeping it for a bit, just for the new plants. However, if after the plant fruits and it fails to produce pups, or it has been producing pups and you see it winding down, the plant will only take up precious garden or container space, and it should be pulled.

One thing is for sure, once you have successfully grown your own pineapple and have tasted the freshly picked fruit, you’ll want to start a new one ASAP! (And you can use the top from the fruit you grew!)

6. Kale and 7. Pansies:

Both of these plants are commonly seen together in flower gardens in various colors, around mail boxes, sign posts, and more. But few realize that both of these plants are edible. While kale can be used in salads, made into chips, used as a garnish and more, pansies may also be used in salads, garnish, cake decorating and sugared.

8 Plants For A Beautifully Edible Landscape

8 Plants For A Beautifully Edible Landscape

Kale and pansies are very easy to find in almost any home and garden store as young plants and seeds. Both are very easy to grow, and can be grown directly in the garden or in a container. (It is worth mentioning, however, that if you are growing kale, pansies or any edible plant around a mailbox that is on the side of the road, it is advisable not to consume those particular plants, due to contaminates that they may pick up.)

8. Chives:

One of the most common and easy to grow herbs, chives come in many “flavors”, with each having its own edible flowers. (I personally love the purple globes of the onion chives.) They are also one of the first herbs a new herb gardener will put into a garden.

Chives can be found most anywhere herbs are sold, either in seed or plant form. They come up quickly, return year after year and can easily be tucked around the other plants in a garden, grown in a container outdoors or in a pot on the kitchen counter. And when their flowers bloom, they lend a beautiful and surprising pop to the landscape.

Chives pack a big punch for a rather small and un-intimidating plant and are a great choice for the beginning gardener or even a kid’s garden.

So, there you have it. Although it is just a small selection, that barely scratches the surface, you can see that it isn’t necessary to have to choose between a decorative garden with flowers, and food. You can have both! And don’t forget, most fruits and veggies begin life as a flower, in a whole host of shapes, sizes and colors, so depending on exactly what you’re looking for in your garden, as far as the garden, you just might be able to have it all!

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NYC Adds Nearly 4,000 People Who Never Tested Positive To Coronavirus Death Tolls

New York City added nearly 4,000 people who never tested positive for the coronavirus to its death toll Tuesday, bringing coronavirus-related deaths in the city to around 10,000 people.

The city decided to add 3,700 people to its death tolls, who they “presumed” to have died from the virus, according to a report from The New York Times. The additions increased the death toll in the U.S. by 17%, according to the Times report, and included people who were suffering from symptoms of the virus, such as intense coughing and a fever.

The report stated that Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio decided over the weekend to change the way the city is counting deaths.

“In the heat of battle, our primary focus has been on saving lives,” de Blasio press secretary Freddi Goldstein told the Times.“As soon as the issue was raised, the mayor immediately moved to release the data.”

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How To Make Lacto-Fermented Sauerkraut In A Mason Jar

The thing about homesteading is you get to create your own ingredient right from scratch! Cheese, yogurt, butter and now sauerkraut, a delightfully sour and crunchy ingredient you can use on your meals — or consume by itself — while on a homestead, or while facing this health crisis!

This homemade sauerkraut is a great meal because it has a long shelf life. You can either make plain sauerkraut or mix it with herbs and spices. In this tutorial let us make Lacto-fermented sauerkraut that preserves all the good probiotics in a jar, good for your guts.

So how to make sauerkraut in a mason jar?

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Delicious Sauerkraut Recipe Every Homesteader Should Know

Why Make Sauerkraut?

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Not only does sauerkraut spoil a long time, but it is also a meal in itself, and it is also easy to make! You don’t need to be an expert cook, all you need to do is follow these simple steps.

So let us get started. Here are the steps in making sauerkraut in a mason jar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cabbage or 2 1/2 lbs cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon of salt

Tools Needed:

  • knife
  • bowl
  • mason jar
  • smaller jar
  • rubber band

Step 1: Wash & Clean the Tools & Ingredients



Wash all the equipment and utensils you need. Wash your hands too.

You don’t want to mix your sauerkraut with bad bacteria, anything that is going to make you sick.

Next, remove the faded leaves from your cabbage. Cut off the roots and the parts that don’t seem fresh.

Step 2: Cut the Cabbage Into Quarters & Slice Into Strips



Cut your cabbage into quarters and remove the core. Then, slice it into strips.

Step 3: Place in a Bowl & Sprinkle With Salt



Put the stripped cabbage into a bowl. Sprinkle the cabbage with 1 tablespoon of salt.

TIP: Use canning salt or sea salt. Iodized salt will make it taste different and may not ferment the cabbage.

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Step 4: Massage the Cabbage



Massage the cabbage for five minutes or more to get the juice out.

TIP: You’ll know it’s ready when you see a bit of juice at the bottom of the bowl and will look similar to coleslaw.

Step 5: Press Cabbage Into the Mason Jar



Add the cabbage to the mason jar gradually. Press it in hard to allow the juice to come out. Do this every time you add about a handful of cabbage.

IMPORTANT: Food should be covered by the liquid to promote fermentation. Add any excess liquid from the bowl to the jar.

Step 6: Press a Smaller Jar Into the Mason Jar



You want to squeeze every ounce of that juice from the cabbage. To do this place the mason jar in a bowl and get a smaller jar.

Fill it with water or marble to make it heavy. Press it into the bigger mason jar. Allow any juices to rise to the surface.

Step 7: Cover the Jars With Cloth & Tie With Rubber Band



Leave the small jar on. To keep your jars clean from annoying insects and irritating debris, cover your jars with a clean cloth. Then, use a rubber band to tie the cloth and the jars together, putting them in place.

Step 8: Set Aside & Check Daily

Set it aside in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight. Check the water level daily. It should always be above the cabbage.

Step 9: Taste Your Sauerkraut & Keep at Cool Temperatures

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After about five days, you can taste your sauerkraut. If the taste is to your liking, tightly cover it with the lid and store in the fridge or cellar.

NOTE: If after five days it’s still not your desired taste, leave it for a few more days. This will allow the fermentation process to continue.

You can now enjoy your sauerkraut in a mason jar. Enjoy its goodness! You can use it as a side dish or mix it with your favorite sandwich.

Things to Remember in Making Sauerkraut

  • Store away from direct sunlight and drafts.
  • Colder weather will make the process longer. Spring is the best time to make them since the warmth helps activate the fermentation.
  • Always make sure that the cabbage is below the water level during the entire fermentation process.
  • If the water level decreases during the fermentation process, you can make a brine and add it.

Let us watch this video from Kristina Seleshanko on how to make delicious Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar!

So there you have it! Making Lacto-fermented sauerkraut in a mason jar is as easy as slicing the cabbage into strips. Remember that as long it remains unopened, your sauerkraut can last for months. Best of all, you can partner this sauerkraut in many recipes.

What do you think of this homemade recipe? Share your best sauerkraut recipe in the comments section below!

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9 SPRING VEGETABLES FOR YOUR GARDEN

Having plants in the house will bring peace to people. Having a little garden with vegetables is even better! You can grow these vegetables in your backyard garden easily as well!

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In this article:

  1. Tomato
  2. Eggplant
  3. Beet
  4. Spinach
  5. Pea
  6. Carrot
  7. Radish
  8. Cauliflower
  9. Asparagus

Growing veggies in your garden will give you an opportunity to understand what you eat and value it more. Early spring is when most vegetables are being planted. Keep reading to learn about 9 spring vegetables that anyone can grow in their garden!

Tomato

Tomato is the most popular garden vegetable in the States! There are different varieties to choose from. Tomatoes need to be planted in early spring because they won’t survive a frost.

Because tomatoes are consumed daily, try adding them to your garden! They’re not difficult to grow either.

Eggplant

Eggplants are known to have low-calorie, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Plus, they are delicious! So why not plant them in your garden?

Eggplants shouldn’t be planted too early because they won’t be able to survive a frost. So you could consult an expert in your area before you plant your eggplants.

Beets

Beets are known to be a superfood for its various health benefits. They’re easier to grow in the garden, usually around late March or early April.

If the weather is always cool, beets will keep getting bigger and bigger. Once the weather starts to warm up, you’ll need to harvest them, or they’ll go to waste.

Spinach

Spinach is a delicious early spring veggie, and it’s also very beneficial for health. And it’s not difficult to grow spinach in your garden!

Spinach needs cold weather to grow. Getting spinach to grow is easy, but keeping it growing will require some extra care.

Pea

Peas are usually planted in late April. Peas will die in freezing temperatures, but they also won’t survive the heat either. So make sure you plant your peas in early spring.

Peas are widely used in many different ways, and there are different types of peas. The soil you’ll be planting your peas should be suitable for them, so make sure you ask while buying seeds.

Carrot

There are different types of carrots, but regardless of their size and color, it’s a fact that carrots are both delicious and rich in vitamins.

They’re root vegetables, so with proper sun and watering, they can be picked up as baby carrots as well.

Radish

A radish is an excellent option for beginners because it doesn’t require too much care. Radish is easy to harvest.

Radish grows fast, so it’s better to keep an eye on it after a few weeks. Radish usually is grown pest-free, but there’s always the chance of unwanted guests, so watch out for worms. Radish can be eaten raw or can be added to garnish recipes.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower isn’t the easiest vegetable to grow at home, but it is very popular.

Cauliflower grows better in colder weather, so before you plant it, consider the climate of your garden. Cauliflower can be eaten raw or cooked, and it is known to be very beneficial for health.

Asparagus

Freshly picked, tender asparagus is very delicious!

Asparagus plants get more productive with each harvest, and mature asparagus harvest can last for months! Make sure you plant them at the correct time, or else they might go to waste.

All the vegetables listed above are great for your healthy diet, and it’s fun to watch them grow. So don’t miss out on the opportunity to grow your own veggies and eat healthy this spring!

So tell us which veggies will you be growing this spring? Tell us in the comments section!

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