The revival of edible landscaping has brought new life to urban gardens as plants are grown for both ornamental and practical purpose, but Ari LeVaux, syndicated food columnist, has taken it a step further and added edible mulch to his garden. That’s right, according to a Slate report dated March 8, Ari grows delicious greens as living mulch under his veggies.
Although Levaux admits that it may seem a bit lazy and unorganized, he has found a practical use for leftover seeds that actually improves the garden. He mixes them all in a bag and scatters them over prepared soil and lets them grow where they land.
His mixture, of course, consists of greens, such as beets, spinach, chard and a variety of lettuce. He even throws carrots into the mix. These seeds sprout and grow in the area around his main crops. Because they have small root systems and are planted with larger vegetables, such as corn, tomatoes and broccoli the edible mulch doesn’t interfere with the main crop.
Ari adds edible mulch that can be started before planting other vegetables. He explains that he simply clears an area when he wants to plant larger veggies and pops them into the soil.
Flower seeds can be added to the mix as well and would work well with dwarf zinnias, marigold and bright pansies – but what you add it up to you.