Edible landscaping: Farming the yard (copy) |
Lambert enlisted support from Javad Torabinejad, who through his company Future Foodscapes (futurefoodscapes.com) helps people design, furnish and maintain edible landscapes and gardens. Torabinejad was raised in Iran by a widowed mother who gave each of her five sons a fruit tree to tend in her small garden. Through this experience he learned about grafting and dusting and developed a lifelong love of gardening. His zeal is so strong that Torabinejad has traveled with potted fruit trees to other cultivation areas that need timely cross-pollination.
Torabinejad, who has two degrees in agriculture and a Ph.D. in ecology, plans the pruning and thinning for Lambert’s permaculture area. He also selected some disease-resistant apples to transplant onto their dwarf trees and moved their asparagus to a sunny spot with suitable soil. He’s also helped her with pest problems, including deer.
“We specialize in helping people integrate food and medicinal plants into their landscapes,” said Torabinejad. “What we do includes fruit tree care, garden design, disease diagnosis and treatment, pest detection and control, and more. ”
Torabinejad recommends starting small and leaving space between the trees to avoid later relocations. He often recommends starting with a fruit tree that is relatively problem-free and resistant to most diseases.
“A hardy fig is good in a south-facing location,” he says, “and mulberries, service berries, blackberries, and native persimmons work too.”