Is Your Neighborhood Edible?

And now, a shout-out for a fantabulous Bay Area Edible Landscaping Tour and very worthy non-profit organization ~

Many thanks to Suburban Farmer who has graciously invited me to write this guest post to shamelessly promote a good thing: Common Ground’s 4th Annual Edible Landscaping Tour is coming up this Saturday, July 24th, 11AM to 4PM.

This self-guided tour of suburban gardens features ten homes in the Palo Alto area, plus the Common Ground demonstration garden. Last year, I was simply amazed at the creativity and variety of of the suburban gardens. It was a lot of fun to talk to the gardeners about their experiences and vision, and to gather ideas. Many homes also kept chickens, and some had beehives.

All used organic practices and composting, additionally, some had systems to recycle greywater for the garden. I was thrilled that all of this was going on in my area, I had no idea! I also really enjoyed showing our garden (our home was part of the tour) to visitors and telling them how our ideas evolved, and the special challenges we tried to design around (we have two large dogs).

The tour is $35 per person, but the proceeds go to Common Ground (a non-profit). If you haven’t been to their garden store in Palo Alto, here’s your chance! The store has a wide variety of products to support organic gardening, plus classes, books and their own newsletter. I particularly love the plant starts I find there- many unique heirloom varieties (seeds too).Participants will meet there first to pick up maps and a tour book. You can register in advance online, or on the day of the tour at the store.

More information can be found at:
The Common Ground website
and at my blog site where I tell our story (pictures too) of our garden transformation and our experience on the tour last year:
Urban Artichoke

And if you live in Mountain View and have (or are planning) an edible garden, please contact me through my blog. I’m looking for gardens in Mountain View for next year’s tour.

Urban Artichoke

Front yard beds
Urban Artichoke’s edible front yard.

Backyrd spr 2010
Urban Artichoke’s edible backyard.