Edible Ornamentals

By Patricia Bianca S. Taculao

Herbs and vegetables aren’t the only leafy greens that people can consume. Unknown to most people, there is a wide variety of ornamental plants that are edible. In early Britain, tomatoes were considered as an ornamental because of their dainty flowers and fruit while dahlias and daylilies were grown as vegetables.

We don’t see many of it to date but with the threat in food security, we have to consider our options. For one, berry plants also have edible leaves that goes with their fruit.

For those gardening on acid soil, the expensive fruit of the blueberry plant is partnered with leaves that are both pleasing to the sight and the palate. But for non-acidic soil, juneberries can be an alternative.

Soil acidity of soil pH is the measure of the concentration of hydrogen ions in the soil solution. If soil pH reaches below 7, then it’s considered as acidic soil. The optimum measurement for soil pH should above 5.5 in the topsoil and 4.8 in the subsurface.

Berry plants are easy to tend to since they can be grown close to each other and requires little pruning. They also give out a burst of color when grown under direct sunlight.

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Patricia Bianca S. Taculao
Patricia Taculao, or Patty as she likes to be called, is a content producer for Manila Bulletin Digital Lifestyle. She graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She loves to spend her free time, reading, painting, and watching old movies.

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