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Blueberry blooms in my backyard

My wife and I love blueberries! We always go picking each year and bring home pounds and pounds of blueberries – all of which are eaten within a few days. As we looked at our small back yard, we got to thinking, “I wonder what it would take to plant some blueberry bushes in our backyard.” We were working on landscaping the backyard and were going to purchase some shrubs anyways.

So, instead of putting in traditional landscaping shrubs, we put in 11 blueberry bushes. Now, each year we get to go picking in our backyard and enjoy the benefits of edible landscaping. Each Fall, the blueberry bushes turn fiery red and orange for a beautiful splash of fall color. In the Spring, little white bell shaped flowers cover the bushes as we anticipate another harvest of blueberries.

Blueberry bushes lining our patio

You can do edible landscaping too. All it takes is some planning and planting. I would suggest using both annuals (you can mix lettuce, cabbage, and kale into your landscaping) and some perennials (blueberries and raspberries). Add a dwarf apple tree and a little herb garden and you will be eating your yard all summer long!

The other day I was reading a great website on edible landscaping. Rosalind is one of the pioneers of edible landscaping and she has some great tips and tricks on how to get started. She also has some great pictures of her own house – pretty incredible! Check it out by following this link: (

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