Wild Bounty

Well, it’s the time of year

when gardeners start to plan for the coming season! We have received quite a few emails and calls over the past few weeks. Interestingly, all of the inquiries have been about native edibles. We call it wild bounty.

We are thrilled that there is a growing interest in incorporating more edibles into the landscape. It makes perfect sense –  why not have the rest of the yard producing in addition to the veggie garden and looking great at the same time!

Common Elder berry

Common Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)

Wild Bounty of Native Species

In Ontario, we are fortunate to have an abundance of plants that grow in the wild and are edible.

Many native woody plants (trees and shrubs) bear fruit in the form of edible berries or nuts. They can provide structure to your landscape as well as being a source for food. Native herbaceous plants can produce edible tubers, bulbs, fruits or have aromatic leaves and flowers – all the while doing double duty by being aesthetically pleasing as well. A while back, Viki wrote about an over-achiever called Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) in one of her blogs titled: “Double Duty”.

At the Farm

Viburnam trilbum

Highbush Cranberry (viburnam trilobum)

We have compiled a listing of all of the edible plants that we carry at our nursery. You can check it our here: Edible List. There are various shapes, sizes and growing habits. We encourage you to incorporate some of them in to your personal landscape for their beauty, resilience, function for wildlife and of course their edible component. Don’t know where to start? We can help with that!

Fun Fact

 Did you know that commercial plum growers plant out our native plum, Prunus nigra in close proximity to their hybrids to ensure optimal cross pollination?

Happy planting!

P.S. Rumor has it that our Canadian celebrity groundhogs did not see their shadows this year. Yippee!- an early Spring!!!