We use no herbicides on our plants. All of our products are not derived from or contain any Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
Our plants are hand-weeded. Our greenhouse sprays are Azitin (a Neem-oil derivative), and Botaniguard (a baccillus - a naturally occurring bacteria). Our spray for the orchard, when necessary, is Surround (clay-based) and copper hydroxide for prunus and grapes. Our spray schedule is from observation and prevention. We do not spray blindly on a routine schedule, but cultivate our plants to harmonize with nature.
The following is a wonderful article about persimmons, BY GREG COPPA one of our clients.
A note from a client:
Hi, I just wanted to write to tell you how impressed I am with the quality of the plants I received from you last week. I don't usually do this (OK, pretty much never), but it was obvious that these plants were incredibly well cared for during the start-up phase. I ordered Lingonberries and was expecting a couple of sticks in a bag of dirt, like the blueberry bushes for sale at the big box hardware stores. What I received were two beautiful, small and perfect shrubs. The leaves were shiny and there was no breakage of any of the branches, so I know the packing was very carefully done. The roots were in great shape and not at all root bound and there were even flowers on one plant, which I hadn't expected for at least a year. Although I don't expect these plants to do anything this first year but get established and adjusted to their new environment, I am very hopeful that I will be able to keep them healthy, which is so much easier when you start with a healthy plant to begin with. I don't have a lot of garden space for fruit-bearing shrubs and trees, but you will be the first place I check when I do need new plants of this sort. Thank You.
Dear Michael, Thanks so much for coming to speak to the Darne Bloomers. Keep it under your hat - but you were the best speaker we've had in my years of being a member. And I know that's not just my opinion - often people will slip out the back if a talk goes on, but you had everyone gled to their seats! We would love to get a group together for a trip to your nursery in the late spring/early summer. Thanks again. SA, Darnestown MD.
Hi Michael and everyone else at Edible Landscaping,
I just visited last weekend for the Persimmon Festival and really enjoyed seeing your orchard and taking the tour of the Persimmon trees (there's a Persimmon Tree Lane in my neighborhood in Maryland but I don't think we have any persimmon trees in the neighborhood). I also wanted to thank George for the tour of the medicinal plants. I hope to have a chance to come back someday and buy some trees when I have a place to put them. I think what you are doing is wonderful and maybe if we have more companies like Edible Landscapes the world will become a better place. From M. S. in MD
A note from a client:
"By the way, I really appreciate your philosophy of identifying and carrying plants that are comparatively easy (e.g. disease resistant) for home gardeners to grow. I have been looking into putting in a mini-orchard and one of the things I figured out fairly quickly was that getting the standard varieties of fruit to do well in my garden would involve a huge amount of spraying with pesticides, etc. It's refreshing to find someone who wants to help would-be home orchardists take an approach that actually has a good chance of success. Keep up the good work!" from A. S. in TN
A recent lecture for the Dunes of Dare Garden Club received this response;
"Hi Michael, I honestly think you presented the best program I have ever seen at the Dunes of Dare Garden Club last Thursday, and I also know it was the largest audience I have ever seen. It was a perfect program informative and entertaining and your visuals were terrific
the slides as well as the live plants. The reviews from our members were overwhelmingly positive. What a wonderful way to begin our season!"
Greetings most brilliant Heritage Harvest Festival collaborators,
It is with true, heartfelt gratitude that I say "thank you" for all that you are and all that you did to create the most incredible array of people and projects around the ideas of seed-saving, heirloom and heritage plants, local food and culinary arts, agrarian history, traditional skills, animal husbandry, urban gardening, sustainable agriculture, community resilience, on and on .. for the Heritage Harvest Festival this past Saturday. You all, indeed, were the stars of the show and it is to you that I raise a virtual toast (it is true I have a glass of fizzy kefir spritzer here, I cannot lie)! I sit here in awe of what you do and who you are and consider it an honor to be surrounded by such ingenious, compassionate and forward-thinking people. Thomas Jefferson surely would approve! J
Please keep doing what you are doing and know that you are paving the way for creative solutions toward an emerging new way of living in balance and harmony upon our dear planet.
Thanks again, so much, and I look forward to our next adventures.
I am one delighted happy customer! I received all the plants I ordered yesterday in perfect condition, thanks to incredible packaging. And they are right on time, because it rained last night and supposed to for a couple of days. Your company is incredible and I am a very pleased customer! I will pass the word, because I know it is the best form of advertisement.
Thanks a million!
Driving Directions to Edible Landscaping
Edible Landscaping, 361 Spirit Ridge Lane, Afton, VA 22920
Questions: (434)361-9134, Orders: (800)524-4156, Fax: (434)361-1916
Please note that online map programs and GPS units will generally get you to our driveway but then route you to the residence of one of our neighbors - the final right to 'stay on' Spirit Ridge Lane should be ignored, we have posted signs which should help you find us.
- From Richmond: Interstate 64 west to exit 107 (Crozet), go left on Route 250 west for ~ 5 miles and take a left on Route 151 south. Stay on 151 for about 7.5 miles then take a right on Chapel Hollow Road, go about 1 mile and our driveway is on the left.
- From Staunton: Interstate 64 east to exit 99 (Afton), take a right on Route 250 east for about 3 miles and then take a right on Route 151 south. Stay on 151 for about 7.5 miles then take a right on Chapel Hollow Road, go about 1 mile and our driveway is on the left.
- From Lynchburg: Route 29 north to route 6 west. Go right on route 151 north for about 2 miles and then take a left on Chapel Hollow Road, go about 1 mile and our driveway is on the left.
Please note that online map programs and GPS units will generally get you to our driveway but then route you to the residence of one of our neighbors - the final right to 'stay on' Spirit Ridge Lane should be ignored, we have posted signs which should help you find us. Please see driving directions for more detail.