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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