Growing Edible Vines Ocala FL
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Growing Edible Vines
In 1896, American architect Louis Sullivan changed the field of architecture with the concept of “form follows function.” Sullivan designed his buildings with the philosophy that the physical attributes of each structure should be based primarily on its use. His apprentice, Frank Lloyd Wright, took the idea even further by adopting his own philosophy: “form and function are one.” His view combines the architecture of the building itself with both its environment and the people it houses. Wright called it “organic architecture.” Take a look at Fallingwater or either of his Taliesin homes to get a good idea of what he was talking about. According to Wright, nature itself combines form and function in every design.
For hobby farmers, Wright’s mantra couldn’t be more advantageous; especially when it comes to plants. More often than not, we tend to select plants for our landscape simply for form (they’re pretty) or for function (they taste good). Why, then, don’t we follow Wright’s philosophy more often and select plants that are not only lovely, but also useful? We tend to see our plants as either one or the other. Seldom do we consider the host of plants able to serve our landscape with both form and function.
Multifunctional fruit-bearing vines are the perfect fit for hobby farms. Using these vines to fill vertical spaces generates more edibles while taking up less acreage. Clematis and morning glories are pretty plants, indeed, but you can’t eat them (or you shouldn’t, at any rate). Instead, choose from one of these deliciously useful vines to bring Wright’s philosophy to fruition on your farm.
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