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One of the newest trends in vegetable gardening dates back hundreds of years. When folks didn’t have much planting space, they made the most of every inch by creating gardens filled with fruits, vegetables, culinary herbs, flowers and medicinal herbs.

Today’s foodscapes are a fresh take on those early cottage gardens. To plant your own foodscape all you have to do is combine fruits and vegetables with ornamental plantings. Here are three easy ways to start planting your foodscape this season:

1. Integrate edibles into flower beds. Simply add colorful edibles, like peppers, among the ornamentals.

2. Substitute edible plants for ornamentals. The next time you want (or need) to add a shrub to the landscape, think about shrubs with edible fruits. Serviceberry, Nanking cherry and goji berry are three that are easy to grow and provide tasty fruits.

3. Redecorate the landscape. Select an area in the landscape that needs rejuvenating and draw a plan. Mix together flowers and fruits by matching plants that have similar needs for sunlight, water and fertilizing.

When planning your foodscape, picture a practical, beautiful garden. Use color creatively and plant edibles that are both ornamental and delicious. A few of my favorites include cabbage, spinach, chard, chile peppers, eggplants, cherry tomatoes and lemon cucumbers.

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