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Fruit in the Landscape

by Allison Houghton Fruit has traditionally been in gardens or orchards separate from the yard, but this does not have to be the case. Many perennial fruits do well in the landscape and can fit in as ornamental plants. As you prune, mulch, fertilize, and maintain your landscape, why not use edibles to give you…

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Roadside Beach Plums

by Tricia Diggins I garden on a yard that is about one third of an acre. Most of the land is in the back yard and is maintained as a semiformal garden of trees, shrubs, perennials, and beds for annual vegetables. The front yard is very small (about 45’ x35’) and is located on a…

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DVD Review: Holistic Orcharding

with Michael Phillips Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013 Reviewed by Penny Lewis Generally when you’ve read and enjoyed a book, the movie version is a disappointment. But the recently released DVD, Holistic Orcharding, from Michael Phillips, author of The Holistic Orchard, is a wonderful exception. This five-hour video is subdivided into twenty-one sections that follow Phillips…

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Beginner’s Mind

Starting an ecologically-based farm business on marginal lands in the highlands of western MA by Kate Kerivan The rough-mowed trail led through an old field of asters and goldenrod edged with native high bush blueberry and American cranberry, humming with native pollinators. The trail continued through a stand of multiple-trunked ash, red maple, and beech…

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Diversitree: Polyculture in Action

by Rebecca Leung Reprinted with the author’s permission from the Spring 2013 Wellesley College Botanic Gardens News. During the summer of 2012, one of the projects undertaken by the Environmental Horticulture and Sustainable Agriculture interns at Wellesley College was the planning and implementation of a permaculture garden at Ashland Middle School located about ten miles…

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Book Review: Paradise Lot

Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City Written by Eric Toensmeier, with contributions from Jonathan Bates Published by Chelsea Press, 2013 Reviewed by Penny Lewis Like a well-designed polyculture, Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates have packed a lot of valuable and interesting…

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Meeting the Challenge of Protecting Edibles

by Michael Genthner Growing fruit and vegetables can be a satisfying and rewarding pursuit. First of all, there is the satisfaction of cultivating delicious and wholesome food. Second, there are the aesthetic rewards: The sheer beauty of the plants themselves – think of a cluster of fiery blueberry bushes in fall or an apple or…

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The Buzz on Biodiversity

The following excerpt is reprinted with the author’s permission from The Holistic Orchard, Chelsea Green Publishing (January 10, 2012). by Michael Phillips Permaculture people speak of two classes of plants to encourage within any gardenscape. Recognizing the role of dynamic accumulators and beneficial accumulators helps us bring specific plant interactions into focus.

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Edibles in the Landscape

A far cry from the lone tomato plant wedged in among geraniums in the backyard, edibles are now found front and center stage in many residential landscapes. Property owners are more aware of the beauty and delicious benefits of an edible landscape, and some are experimenting with the addition of a variety of edible trees,…

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