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The Rock Prairie Master Gardener Association, located in Rock County, Wisconsin, is the 42nd association of the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program.

This blog is used to distribute timely information to association members regarding volunteer opportunities, MGV highlights, and other social tid bits.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Can I eat the flowers? The joy of edible landscaping


On October 1 the RPMGA Advisory Committee will present "Can I eat the flowers? The joy of edible landscaping".
A lovely example of a garden with vegetables and a few flowers.  On the right are onions.  In the middle are cabbages and lettuce.  In the back are kale and chard.  The entire composition is well balanced and attractive, yet productive and practical.  
Front yard edible landscaping  incorporates a narrow bed of herbs around a central bed of cabbages, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, lettuces, climbing sweet peas, chard and onions.  

Master Gardener Mary Kay Thompson will present the program at Craig Center at 5:30 p.m.  She will provide handouts on plant types and books available for those who are interested in pursuing an edible landscape at their own homes.

Small fruit trees, bushes and vines can be a vital part of your landscaping providing beauty and food. Planting edibles plants like climbing nasturtiums, ornamental cabbage, and brightly colored kale can provide a steady stream of edibles and bright color and visual interest in what were once your flower beds.  Scarlet runner beans have wonderful floral interest and delicious fruit.  These are but a few examples of the plants you can use to enliven your beds and still bring in good fresh vegetables for your kitchen.

You can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by attending this program.    

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