Edible Landscaping

By Cassie Vanderwall

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to begin planning my garden! Gardening has many health benefits, and researchers say that simply viewing a garden can provide psychological benefits. I enjoy it because it gives me an opportunity to use my creativity in researching and planning my garden.

Each year my small urban balcony is transformed into an edible landscape that provides fresh herbs and vegetables. I love that both gardens, big and small, can provide good nutrition at your fingertips and give you control over what pesticides and fertilizers are used — if any.

Gardening can also be a great way to make eating a family affair by inviting children into the process. Children are more likely to eat and enjoy fresh produce if they are involved in the growing process. Continue reading