Foodscaping: Design your optimal edible landscape

Here’s a novel approach to designing your garden…

Start by analysing your diet — what you love to eat, what you love to cook, and what you would love to be able to nibble on right outside your kitchen door.

For me, the go-to favourite is raspberries, possibly from childhood memories of going to a raspberry farm, and then having home-made raspberry jam in the pantry.

Too often when I meet with clients to get more edibles into their garden, they have been reading gardening magazines, collecting ideas on Pinterest, or filling their bookshelves with inspiration — but not taking the time to observe their own eating habits.

Bit by bit, after a lot of conversations my Foodscaping process was born, and is now a 10 part self-paced online course with lots of journalling, drawing, meditating, reflecting, and planning. It’s the perfect course to do in between seasons, or if you move houses and have to start your garden from scratch.

I just about guarantee this process will prevent you from wandering round the garden centre tempted by everything, and not 100% sure if it’s right for your space, overfilling your trolley, and then not actually eating as much as you planned.

Cover image for online course on Foodscaping

How to test the Foodscaping process?
If you’d like to have a taste of the first lesson, you can go take a look here — the first unit is set up for a free preview to get you started.

There are other courses on the Blue Borage online school covering a wide range of topics, from composting to worm farming, microgreens to herbs, basic biodynamics for the home gardener, and one of my favourite topics — beneficial weeds and companion plants in the home garden. Where would you start?

I challenge you this week to start looking at the food you eat, and ask yourself the question “I wonder if I could learn to grow this myself?”

Happy foodscaping!

Compost Coach based in Titirangi, West Auckland, New Zealand. Using biodynamics to help home gardeners make top quality soil.