Food crops can demand substantial amounts of water, fertilizer, and care. Using Florida-Friendly Landscaping (FFL) practices can reduce the inputs and still allow you to harvest food abundantly. There are many different terms for edible landscaping: foodscaping, food forest, permaculture, square-foot gardening, and urban agriculture. But the Florida-Friendly Landscaping (FFL) principles represent best management practices that can be applied to all types of edible landscapes. This series is for Floridians interested in expanding their own edible landscapes, with information about creating a backyard garden that delivers fresh food in an affordable, sustainable way. A team of University of Florida specialists and extension agents has just published a series of Edible Landscaping publications.

Dragonfruit is an interesting crop to grow in Florida. Photo: Tia Silvasy, UF/IFAS

Follow the links below to learn more about planting the right plant in the right place, building your soil to provide more sustainable fertility to your edible crops, and using integrated pest management for a more ecological approach to pest control.

Soil Health and Fertility of Florida-Friendly Edible Landscapes

You can find all of the FFL Edible Landscaping publications and learn more about the authors at this link and discover related topics on the University of Florida’s EDIS website

Seminole pumpkin is a heat tolerant vegetable for Florida gardens. Photo: Tia Silvasy, UF/IFAS

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