ED­I­BLE BEAUTY

South African Garden and Home - - 2019 Garden Trends -

“The pop­u­lar­ity of grow­ing your own food will con­tinue into 2019 in a big way as peo­ple be­come more aware of what they eat,” says land­scape de­signer Jan Blok. “Ev­ery gar­den, no mat­ter the size, should have a veg­etable and herb patch or even a win­dow box with herbs.”

Jan is a great pro­po­nent of ‘agri­land­scap­ing’, the prac­tice of re­plac­ing or­na­men­tal plants with ed­i­ble plants. Veg­eta­bles and herbs can be just as pretty, or even more so, than or­na­men­tals. “An ex­am­ple of this is un­der­plant­ing an av­enue of lemon trees with carissa or thyme and ar­ti­chokes rather than flow­er­ing plants, or us­ing Swiss chard or let­tuce for fo­liage in­ter­est in­stead of or­na­men­tal shrubs,” he says.

With the in­creas­ing num­ber of veg­e­tar­i­ans and ve­g­ans world­wide, grow­ing your own protein is very rel­e­vant. Think legumes such as peas, broad beans, hari­cot beans and scar­let run­ner beans, which also bear lovely flow­ers. Plant kale, which is high in protein, for its beau­ti­ful dark green fo­liage and sun­flow­ers for their protein-rich seeds.

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