Blueberries and Raspberries-Plants for your Edible Landscape Garden

Create a beautiful landscape with edible plants. Easy to grow edible plants like blueberries and raspberries can be added to your landscape, no matter how small.

Transforming a Suburban Slope into an Edible Landscape

Courtesy of Ecological Gardens

The Edible Garden at Rodef Shalom will plant vegetables and fruits in containers as described in our previous post,  container gardens enable those restricted by space, physical disabilities, and location to be be successful in creating their own gardens.

Besides planting in containers, the plan for our Edible Garden also includes another option. Instead of planting edibles in traditional garden beds, you can plant edible fruits directly into your landscape. According to Edible Landscaping with Charlie Nardossi in Growing Berry Shrubs, When you think about growing berries, strawberries are likely the first fruit that comes to mind. While these luscious berries are a favorite addition to an edible landscape, there are other berry-producing plants that not only yield an abundance of fruit, they also make attractive landscape plants.”

Today, volunteers planted eight blueberry and four raspberry plants in The Edible Garden at Rodef Shalom.

Edible Garden at Rodef Shalom Blueberry and Raspberry Plants

We purchased 8 blueberries and 4 raspberries at the Pittsburgh Garden Experiment Fruit Tree and Plant Sale

The blueberries and raspberries were purchased through our friends at the Pittsburgh Garden Experiment, a blogging community for city gardeners, in their annual Fruit Tree and Plant Sale. We are happy to note that half of the proceeds from the sale will support Pittsburgh Permaculture

Kerry and Bob planting in the Edible Garden at Rodef Shalom

Kerry and Bob ready to plant blueberries and raspberries on a rainy day

planting blueberries in Edible Garden at Rodef Shalom

Amending the soil and digging holes for the blueberries

We learned two important things about growing blueberries so if you are inclined to try them in your own landscape, here are a few resources for you to consider.

  1. Several varieties of blueberries grow well in Pittsburgh with the proper soil amendments. Our soil was tested with a kit we purchased through the Allegheny County Penn State Cooperative Extension. The soil PH in Pittsburgh is high in alkaline (ours is 7.2 PH) and blueberries grow best in soil with a lower, more acidic PH (between 4.5 and 5). Penn State’s College of Agriculture Sciences Cooperative Extension’s article, So you want to Grow Fruit….is a wonderful resource for information about growing berries. 

  2. When you plant blueberries, you should plant more than one variety to allow for cross-pollination. We planted Blue Crop, Duke, Elliot and Patriot. Keith at Backyard Berry Plants has a great guide with information on how to plant and care for your berries. 

Newly planted blueberries in The Edible Garden at Rodef Shalom

New additions to the Rodef Shalom Landscape Blue Crop, Elliot, Patriot and Duke Blueberry Plants

Raspberry plants in The Edible Garden at Rodef Shalom
4 Raspberry Plants
Planting Men
Job well done guys, thanks!

Celebrating Earth Day – Go Green with Recycled Newspaper Seedling Pots, CSA and More

It may be too early to plant vegetables and fruits outside, but it’s the perfect time to plant seedlings indoors.  A few weeks ago, children at Rodef Shalom Congregation started tomatoes, carrots, chives, lima beans, parsley, squash, peas, snapdragons and pansies from seeds for The Edible Garden.

The Rodef Shalom Preschool kids planted their seeds in biodegradable seedling trays. 

Rodef Shalom Preschool Seedlings

The older kids in the Rodef Shalom Religious School made seedling pots out of recycled newspaper then planted their seeds. 

Edible Garden Seedlings in Recycled Paper Pots

Making recycled newspaper pots is fun, easy and a perfect Earth Day project for the entire family!  Use only black & white newspaper because the ink is soy-based and not toxic for growing edibles.

Check out this how-to video for Newspaper Seedling Pot Instructions.

Becoming earth friendly can be a family affair!  Do you need a little kid-friendly and eco-friendly inspiration?  Here are some wonderful ideas:

Before you put household items in the recycle bin, take a look at these ideas to reuse these items in your garden.

Here’s an idea to save for later when your garden is grown – recycle your edible plants and make a beautiful Edible Bouquet.  This idea, and others ways to recycle your edible plants, are highlighted on the blog:  Eat Drink Better.

Edible Bouquet

Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

One last idea – Participate in Community Supported Agriculture at Rodef Shalom!

Shop for local, organic food delivered directly to Rodef Shalom Congregation from Isadore Foods. Order vegetables, fruits, free-range chicken and eggs, meats, and dairy products from family-owned farms in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Weekly and bi-weekly subscriptions, as well as a la carte items, are available. Pick up your order on Thursdays at Rodef Shalom from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Orders are packed in easy-to-carry bags. Click here to learn more about Community Supported Agriculture. 


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