Primary Earth-friendly Gardening Tenents:

*Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests. *Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and natural soil amendments. *Use chemicals as a last resort. *Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests. *Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollination and decrease harmful pests. *Conserve water by using responsible watering methods.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tomatoes in an edible front yard landscape

I generally start about 30 or more tomato plants. My favorite varieties are Roma for Caprese and saucing and Brandywine for slicing and eating. I also select a yellow pear and one other cherry size tomato for eating. Yes, I can fit all of these plants into a 5,000 sq foot urban lot, and yes, the neighbors do not complain that they are integrated into the front yard landscape.

In the photo above you can see where the tomato plants were established in a keyhole design. They are bordered by flowering perennials, which disguise there true identity while also providing lots of pollinator activity to increas production.