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Green Thumb: Edible Landscaping

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- If you're left wondering what to do to create a difference and colorful landscape, we have some novel ideas that will appeal to your taste buds too.

How about a little planting that leads to a little produce?

Have you ever thought about having fruit trees in your landscape? I always called that an edible landscapes. I know right in my garden I have some rhubarb plants.

You could have apple trees in your landscape and enjoy apples all summer long. Let me say that there are a lot of different varieties of apple trees that will start producing apples around July the first and you could have apples, depending on the variety, all the way up to November the first. Not only do you have a variety of harvesting but you have a different size of apple trees.

Believe it or not, a semi dwarf apple tree will get you apples in about four or five years.

Not only do you have apple trees, you can have peach trees and cherry trees without a lot of care.

The only thing you need to watch out for is a lot of insect and disease.

Of course they make a backyard orchard spray which is excellent to use.

Now, besides fruit trees, if you're thinking about having blackberries or raspberry's or blueberries, there are some choices out at your lawn and garden center that can be put in your landscape. Here is a good example, blackberries, the best one to plant as far as I'm concerned is the very friendly thornless varieties of blackberries.

Two of the best varieties out there is chester and of course the one I like the best is called triple crown. Both of those varieties are going to give you gallons and gallons of delicious blackberries for every plant that you've got.

Then there are the blueberry's out there. They're great in this area and two things. Number one, you have to have an acid soil and also for blueberry's you really need two different varieties to have that cross pollination.

Before I leave you today, I've got to say, don't forget the rhubarb. Rhubarb is a great addition to your landscape and really fits right in with your flowers that you have in your landscape. Not only is it beautiful with the leaf structure and stems but it also make quality rhubarb pie.

Until next time. Keep your green thumb growing.


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