The global decline of the bee population has been solved (or at least helped) in the organic, food-producing gardens designed and created by the women of Star Apple Edible Gardens. Visiting one of their installations—a terraced, hillside back yard in the East Bay—it was impossible not to notice the steady hum of bees among the plants and flowers.
Leslie Bennett and Stefani Bittner talked to The Real Story about the trend toward bringing edible gardening to Bay Area front yards. These public spaces provide disadvantages (think dogs anointing strawberries) but there are also significant advantages—those of meeting neighbors or strengthening relationships among the community by sharing the harvest.
From a practical standpoint, are edible gardens more water-reliant? According to Leslie, if one compares the water used in traditional lawn sprinklers to a drip system for edible plants, the edible garden comes out well. When it comes to a discussion about organic gardening, Leslie and Stefani were excited to share the idea of treating each garden, no matter what it’s size, as an individual ecosystem. Their advice on mulching, organic composting, and crop rotation is all part of this week’s podcast. For more information on the subject, go to www.starappleediblegardens.com.