I posted on Vancouver's plans to plant more trees several days ago. To refresh your memory:
Plans call for the first batch, including some fruit and nut trees, to be split roughly equally between parks, streets and private property. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/forests-not-just-for-tree-huggers-in-vancouver/article4498724/Weaving edible plants into the landscape is an old idea made new. Rosalind Creasey has been preaching and practicing edible landscaping for years. I bought her book, Edible Landscaping, back in the Dark Ages. 1982 to be exact......
This is a pic of the plants to the right of my front gate. I planted rhubarb in this location this spring as it is in front of a Yellow Ribbon cedar I water quite a bit; transplanted alpine strawberries raised from a packet of seed twenty years ago in front of the rhubarb that have since flung themselves around the yard indiscriminately; and filled in with some parsley seedlings . It looks very pretty; I've eaten LOTS of parsley from two plants all season, and I'm anticipating picking rhubarb early next spring.
Maybe I'll even have rhubarb to preserve. MMMnnnnnnn! I feel like a Gwen Stefani song at the thought: yummy from head to toe! Ding ding!
Rosalind has a website devoted to edible landscaping - with lovely, lovely pictures of mouthwatering gardens. You'll find it at:
Check it out - you'll be enchanted, I promise. You'll be inspired to grow your veggies and fruit. Food doesn't get more local than out of your garden or your balcony - and by growing your own food , you'll reduce your carbon footprint, prevent climate change, and improve your mood.