Thursday, April 21, 2011

Edible Flowers

When making the transition from casual gardening to homesteading, one of the hardest things was dealing with the aesthetics of it all. Because we live smack dab in the middle of the city and want to keep farm animals, we have to be very careful with how Casita is planned and maintained. Though we have very cool neighbors who have been supportive thus far, they may change their tune if they come home one day and we've replaced the front lawn with a goat pen.

One way we have overcome this issue is by utilizing edible flowers throughout the year. For instance, in the summer we plant the father of all edibles, the sunflower. We try to choose southwest natives but any sunflower will do. The only other summer flower we've tried is marigold. In the cooler season, we use nasturtium, pansies and cornflower.

You can find a detailed list of edibles here.

For the record, that is the first time I have ever written "smack dab." It's kind of fun. "Smack dab." Everybody now: "Smack dab!"

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Gary said...

There's nothing better than an edible flower "smack dab" in the middle of whatever or whenever.

I'm thinking of switching breakfast from a processed apple fritter (otherwise known as a doughnut) to naturally grown sunflowers and raisins.

You're a natural born and processed blogger.

Cynthia said...

I want to try it. Smack dab. SMACK DAB. Smack dab.


No, it's not doing anything for me.

I prefer Slap-bang. Which I think means immediately.

Anyway, I see your point about your neighbors not really minding if you have chickens and goats in the back yard, but they may complain if it is in the front yard.

Ellen said...

Wow... city dweller as a homesteader. That's great! Our neighborhood has a "no farm animal" clause... otherwise, we may be raising chickens, too.

Thanks for visiting me at A Season for All Things. I'm your newest follower (and fellow homeschooler) and look forward to reading more of your posts. ~ Ellen