Muscadine vine growing along a wall. (above) Rainwater harvesting is important component in landscaping. Benjamin Portwood photos
and daylily. The trick is to arrange Benjamin Portwood is a founder of all of these plants in your yard in a Edible Yard & Garden, which operates in way that is aesthetically pleasing. Asheville and Atlanta. He received training at A mature edible and ecological the Montsant Permaculture Institute in landscape has a transcendent qualCatalunya, Spain, where he spent two years ity of abundance and life. It is a in an apprenticeship program learning how combination of enough water, a to use plants to develop ecologies and good, living soil with plenty of orproduce food. He has been designing and inganic material, populated by lush, stalling rainwater-harvesting systems, and living plants to both enrich the soil edible and ecological landscapes since 2008. and make beautiful flowers that atAlong with Edible Yard and Garden, he is tract butterflies and other beneficial currently developing a 17-acre sustainable insects. A garden like this is a joy farm in Barnardsville. He derives great joy to experience and is the smartest from designing garden beds and planting way to sustainably manage your trees. www.edibleyardandgarden.com or landscape. 404.825.0139.
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