Edible Garden Natives

Edible Garden Natives


Native plants are making a comeback. Once considered undesirable in favor of specialized crops, these plants, shrubs, and trees have proven themselves to be nutritious and delicious staples in the garden. Wild and well-adapted, native plants have their place and function in the ecosystem as well as on our dinner plates. With little work, consistent sources of fruits, nuts, roots, and greens could be on the table seasonally. There couldn't be a more self-sustainable idea than inviting wild plants into the garden.

Gardening with native plants may prove to be a superior style of gardening in the long-term. This is because native plants are usually well acquainted with the challenges of the immediate region. They are drought and pest resistant, and they can also reproduce and self-sow on their own for generations. Native plants need little care compared to cultivated crops since many of them can hold their own so long as there aren't many overly invasive plants or animals around. Also, the more diverse your garden is with native plants, the less of a chance invasive ones have to breach it. Another advantage is that a good majority of natives can thrive in shady conditions.

The first thing to consider when preparing for your native edible garden is located. The specific bio-region that you are located has everything to do with the kinds of native edibles you will want to bring to your garden. In the forested regions of the east, many people do well with persimmon trees, Solomon's seal, and wild ramps. In the west, arrowhead and asparagus are common. Drier regions of the south-west include lots of cacti, like prickly-pear. There are also a handful of plants and shrubs that flourish in most of the North American area, such as Stinging Nettle, Elderberry, blackberry, wild onion and, of course, the common dandelion.

There is much to be said about gardening with native edibles. In fact, with every native plant re-introduced into a garden landscape, there is environmental stability, sustainability, and diversity. To garden with native edible plants is to embrace an awareness of the earth and its specific ecosystems in a way that sustains us indefinitely. We become part of the ecology symbiotically, fostering a garden that could reach on for generations after we are gone.Buy landscaping plants to improve the beauty of your home.