How to Plant Edible Foundation Plantings
Ask This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook helps a homeowner select foundation plantings that include edible varieties for both people and wildlife
- Choose the right plant for the right location. Check the nursery tags to see the final height and width of each plant and plan accordingly.
- Consider when plants will be in bloom and when there will be other interest from foliage and plan a garden so that there is always something to command attention.
- Stage plants before digging holes.
- Dig holes that are 2-3 times wider than the roots and don’t dig the hole too deep -- keep it about 2” shallower than the root ball.
- For any plants where the roots are growing around the container, use a hand cultivator to tease the roots to grow away from the plant.
- When backfilling new plants, use a mix of compost and loam and add starter fertilizer.
- When planting a tree that’s been wrapped in burlap, expose the root flare to set the correct planting depth.
- Ensure new plantings get a good watering.
- Add mulch 2-3” deep around the plants, but not in contact with the stems.
All of the tools used in this segment can be found at a home center or landscape supplier.
Bulk soil, compost, and mulch can be purchased from a landscape supplier.
Plant varieties will vary by garden center or nursery.