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Growing on the High Plains: Edible Landscapes


It's hard to believe that we're looking down four decades in our prairie abode. Given the passage of time, I thought our yard might be ripe for a change in scenery—well, landscape layout, anyway. Today on Growing on the High Plains, I'll share a brave new option for High Plains gardeners who might feel like mixing up the variety of vegetable placement for increased ease and decreased toil. This season, I'm hoping to toss out the traditional rows of corn, beans, and peas of my heritage for a new plan called "German four-square." 

Years ago Skip Mancini left the rocky coast of Northern California to return to her roots in the heartland. Her San Francisco friends, concerned over her decision to live in a desolate flatland best known for a Hollywood tornado, were afraid she would wither and die on the vine. With pioneer spirit, Skip planted a garden. She began to learn about growing not only flowers and vegetables, but hearts and minds. If you agree that the prairie is a special place, we think you'll enjoy her weekly sojourns into Growing on the High Plains.