Edible Landscaping

Edible Landscaping

See full article by Rosalind Creasy

Find out everything you need to know about edible garden design in the book “Edible Landscaping” by Rosalind Creasy.


Bring vegetables and fruits into all areas of your garden

Vegetables and fruits have taken center stage in the American landscape — at last. And why not? Homegrown vegetables and fruit are good for you, they get picked at their prime and only have to travel as far as your kitchen. Edible landscapes are a wonderful option for most homeowners, but you have to break from tradition and look at the limitless possibilities for including edibles in any landscape design.

7 Secrets For A High-Yield Vegetable Garden

7 Secrets For A High-Yield Vegetable Garden

Try these tips and tricks to get the most out of your planting space.

Article is from Rodale’s Organic Life, April 2015

Imagine harvesting nearly half a ton of tasty, beautiful, organically grown vegetables from a 15-by-20-foot plot, 100 pounds of tomatoes from just 100 square feet (a 4-by-25-foot bed), or 20 pounds of carrots from just 24 square feet. Yields like these are easier to achieve than you may think. The secret to superproductive gardening is taking the time now to plan strategies that will work for your garden. Here are seven high-yield strategies gleaned from gardeners who have learned to make the most of their garden space.

Learn, Share & Grow with Deep Roots

Learn, Share & Grow with Deep Roots

We invite you to find out more about becoming a volunteer. Let's work together to bring edible landscaping & toxic-free lawns to our communities.

When you signed up to receive the Deep Roots Project newsletter you asked for more information about volunteering. Our volunteer coordinator Estelle would love to chat about what volunteer assignments that are perfect for your interests, skills and available time. Contact Estelle at 708-386-7197 (landline), 708-616-6473 (cell) and estelle[at]deep-roots-project.org. Call anytime. She can also arrange a time to meet in person or by phone.

Have fun while you learn and meet new friends

We want all our volunteers to have fun and learn while they contribute to expanding the Deep Roots community. What you learn and share as a volunteer can enhance not only your gardening and other skills, but is an enjoyable way to make a positive impact on our community. Everyone can help out as their time permits by choosing activities that they enjoy.

Newest List of Deep Roots Volunteer Jobs

Newest List of Deep Roots Volunteer Jobs

Volunteer Jobs list March 24

Deep Roots is quickly. Our team leaders and our Core Team need help managing our events and projects.

We need volunteers to help out when they have time:

  • Building cedar raised beds and planting containers in our garage workshop

  • Delivering raised beds, soil, compost, mulch

  • Filling raised beds

  • Planting seedlings and seeds and other work with soil and plants

  • Helping plant native plants gardens in parkways

  • Helping get people to sign our Healthy Family/Healthy Lawn pledge and switch to natural and organic lawn care methods

  • Engaging people at events like the Farmers Market, volunteer fairs, Day in Our Village and handing out flyers

  • Helping plant native plants gardens in parkways

  • Calling DRP volunteers and members about meetings and events

  • Reaching out to schools, congregations and local groups

  • Helping out at events (check-in, newsletter signups, surveys, serving food, etc)

  • Assisting our sales manager with orders, customer questions, tracking deliveries, updating spreadsheets, etc.

Growing tips for Zucchini and Squash

Growing tips for Zucchini and Squash

Organic zucchini with strong disease resistance. Open plants with low spines provide easy harvests of dark-green, straight zucchinis. High yields and good fruit set, even in variable conditions. Equally suited for field and tunnel. Very similar to Dunja in habit and performance, but Desert's fruits are slightly straighter and more flecked, and plants have added CMV resistance. Intermediate resistance to cucumber mosaic virus, powdery mildew, papaya ringspot virus, watermelon mosaic virus, and zucchini yellow mosaic virus. Organically grown.

Fall Edible Gardening Tips

Fall Edible Gardening Tips

Fall is a great time to:

  • Install a new edible raised bed in good weather without a rush

  • Plant a fall crop of veggies

  • Super-charge an edible bed with composted manure for a spring harvest.

Get free garden coaching

When you buy a raised bed, soil, mulch, fertilizer, seedlings or other products and services from Deep Roots get free coaching for your fall gardening from the Deep Roots director David Murphy. Contact David at (773) 502-5600 and dmurphy[at]deep-roots-project.org

Filling space vacated by spring crops with summer-sown vegetables will keep your garden productive well into fall, and even winter. Beans, cucumbers, eggplant, musk melon, okra, peppers, pumpkins, squash, sweet corn, sweet potato, and tomatoes will all be damaged by even a light frost, but many other crops will survive. Fall, with its cooler temperatures and more abundant moisture, offers excellent growing conditions for many vegetables. As summer draws to a close, gardens everywhere can morph into a tapestry of delicious greens like tender lettuce, frost-proof spinach, swiss chard, collards, arugula, beets, kale with a sprinkling of red mustard added for spice. Plus, cooler temperatures will make your fall vegetables taste crisp and sweet. Learn more about frost-tolerant garden vegetables.