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LH 75: The Secrets to an Epic Edible Landscape

Simple Steps to Creating the Edible Garden of Your Dreams

You may be thinking…Epic?  Really??

Yes, really.


I talk a lot on this podcast & website about growing edibles as ‘ordinary’ landscape plants because that is how I have always grown my own food.

(No farmer rows here – my food garden is a cottage garden.)

That really is the key to creating a food landscape that is as beautiful as it is delicious.

And your finished design can be any style you want!

But when you go to grow your food this way, there are things that might trip you up. Especially if you have never designed a garden like this before.

Well to help you with those road blocks, I brought on someone I know you will love.

For this episode, I interviewed edible landscape designer/author Stefani Bittner to share her favorite tips and tricks.

She walks you through some important considerations for transforming your garden AND offers up a heavy dose of inspiration to boot – So that YOU can create an EPIC food garden of your own.

You will learn:

  • The simple steps to get started in edible landscaping
  • The #1 thing to do to ensure food safety
  • Why you shouldn’t plant next to an old fence post
  • Why “swapping out” can make all the difference
  • Which edibles make great screens
  • Why you should never eat the edible between stepping stones
  • Some fun edibles that are stunning in the garden
  • The things to consider when planting a front yard food garden

Stefani Bittner

On this podcast, I try to share the best information possible from the best people I can find.

Stefani Bittner is one of those people. She is top-notch in her garden design work and has a flair for thinking outside of the box.

You will love her!

Stefani is the owner of Homestead Design Collective, a San Francisco Bay Area landscape design firm focused on creating beautiful gardens that provide harvest. (And that harvest can be food OR flowers)

Her team offers a unique and sophisticated approach, using both organic farming and fine gardening skills, for people who want help creating aesthetically designed, organic edible gardens. Stefani is the co-author of The Beautiful Edible Garden (Ten Speed Press, 2013) and her new book, Harvest, will be released by Ten Speed Press in February 2017.

Homestead provides design, installation, and full-service organic maintenance, harvesting, bee keeping, floristry and composting services.

One of the coolest projects Stefani has completed is the design and install of  new Test Gardens for Sunset Magazine. You can see the WHOLE thing in the October 2016 issue of Sunset magazine – which is on the newsstand as this episode is released.

Stefani’s work has also been featured in San Francisco Chronicle, Sunset Magazine, C Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Better Homes & Gardens and more.


Beautiful Edible Garden - with Stefani BittnerResources & Links Mentioned:

The Beautiful Edible Garden* – Book by Stefani Bittner and Leslie Bennett

Harvest* – Stefani’s book with Alethea Harampolis to be released in early 2017

Homestead Design Collective – Stefani’s website

Sunset Magazinewith some photos of Stefani’s designs


Related Podcast Episodes:

Slow Flowers with Debra Prinzing – Podcast 41

Creating a Cottage Style Edible Garden – Podcast 42



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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.