There are many opportunities to diversify our neighbourhoods using the underused and marginal green spaces in our communities, such as yards, medians and parks. Fresh fruits, berries, herbs and more can be just outside our doorstep if we follow a few practical design steps. Spaces as small as 25 square feet (5 by 5 feet) can be transformed into diverse, delicious and beautiful abundance with an edible-ecosystem design.

Edible-ecosystem design uses companionship planting to improve yield and plant health and to maximize space. Companion plants work well together because they share space, time and energy, and naturally improve the overall system’s health and yield. By observing natural systems like woodlands and prairies, gardeners can inform

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