594: Designing Your Edible Landscape
A chat with Kristin Parsons.
In Garden This Chat:
We visit with Kristin Parsons who helps us explore the beneficial concepts of permaculture design and how to integrate functionality into the outdoor living space. We cover the important components of food forests, the first steps for beginners, and how to create ‘guilds’ for a thriving edible landscape.
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Our Special Guest:
Kristin is a native Texan, who went to college in Kansas and ended up in Arizona in 2004. She has been gardening, raising chickens, planting fruit trees, and constructing buildings ever since! Although Kristin has been an architect designing interiors and commercial buildings, her roots began with spending time in the garden with her grandfather as a child and was drawn to the concept of permaculture. After completing a permaculture design course, she made a career change and now works full time as a consultant helping her clients with edible landscape designs. She formed her business Cultivated LLC six years ago and currently is in the process of designing 45 acres worth of landscape.
Listen in for more about Gardening Tips! Food Forests! Edible Landscapes!
– What does Kristin do in her role as an edible landscape designer
– How did she go from designing commercial buildings to landscapes
– What is the first step when starting a food forest
– Why does Kristin say it is best to plant the bigger layers first
– The importance of learning about sun angles and exposures during times of year and day
– How does a landscape benefit from adding multiple spigots
– Why tasting a plant before planting it will save time and energy
– What is a ‘guild’ in relation to permaculture
– How does she integrate outdoor functionality in her designs
– Which rose bushes produce rose hips
– Annuals verses perennials for landscape design
– Which types of plants protect soil under trees
– Understanding ‘planting zones’ in your space