Foodscaping with Charlie Nardozzi


In our most recent column for the ‘Oakwood Register’, our local newspaper, we explore ‘Foodscaping’ and, as you know, we are very fond of culinary gardens.

‘Foodscaping’ is a term coined by author and garden writer Charlie Nardozzi. It is also the title of his latest book and one we think is a must read for any home gardener seeking the marriage between a bountiful and beautiful garden.

For our readers in Ohio looking for edibles for their garden Charlie says:

“Some great fruit trees that grow well in Ohio include:

–   Columnar apple apples (grow 6-8 feet tall and don’t branch out making them great for small spaces). 

  • Tart and Sweet cherries that are self pollinating such as ‘Stella’ and Dwarf Northstar’ are great small flowering trees in the landscape. 
  • Unusual trees such as weeping mulberry or ‘Dwarf Geraldi’ mulberry stay small and manageable in the yard, yet produce delicious fruit. 
  • New varieties of Serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia) or saskatoons grow only 8-10 feet tall, have white flowers, large sized blue berries and fall foliage color. They are native, so are adapted to a variety of soils and can grow in part sun.”

For Ohio compatible edible shrubs, Charlie recommends:

“Certainly the queen of edible shrubs are blueberries. Choose early, mid and late season varieties of high bush blueberries so you get berries from July to September. 

For smaller spaces, look for half high varieties such as ‘Northsky’ that will fit under windows or along walkways.

Other nice berry shrubs include honeyberries that fruit 2 weeks before strawberries and are care free. 

Currants and gooseberries that only need one shrubs to get fruit and are no longer a concern because you can grow resistant varieties to the white pine blister rust diseases, and elderberries for growing in wet area in part sun”

If you would like some suggestions on Foodscaping perennials that do well in Ohio, Charlie says:

Some nice perennial flowers that are also edible include daylilies (eat the buds and open flowers), bee balm, alpine strawberries, herbs such as mint, oregano, lavender and thyme, and chives. Here’s more  

Charlie Nardozzi has a wonderful newsletter where you can become a more educated and effective gardener.

We will be having a webinar with Charlie coming soon if you would like to sign up and participate please email us:

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Twitter: @charlienardozzi



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