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Edible landscaping on levees

 
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Goal:  My goal is to plant edible landscaping around my pond.  Plants that will reinforce or at very least not damage the levee and pond edge.
Concerns:  Due to waterfowl some areas of the pond are eroding, changing the shape of the pond and the land that it encroaches on.  I cannot afford retaining walls at this time but plan to try that later.

Question to the group:
Can I plant ginger and amaranth in the shallow areas without causing an issue with erosion?
Are there any plants that by the root system would strengthen the lake wall?
On the back side of the lake, I wanted to plant tall tall sunflowers, (i love sunflowers) but I am afraid of the deep root system damaging the levee.

Any pond experts that can help? Pics for reference, please forgive that old service dog, she likes to be in as many pics as possible.
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I think you could get some use our of some of the discussions on how to plant dams. Here's a couple from permies https://permies.com/t/17253/planting-dam , https://permies.com/t/38129/Dam-Plants

Scanning through those, it looks like you'll need to be aiming for shallow rooted plants. The second thread specifically suggests tap roots are a bad idea, least on the water holding side. That would rule out amaranth and sunflowers. I think ginger is perfectly find, if it can survive in your zone. I think it's already borderline in sheltered locations in my zone 8b location.

You might also look at this link https://permies.com/t/21237/Temperate-edible-plants-wet-places for more plant suggestions. They include a link to a good article from Plants for a Future. If you're not familiar with PFAF, it's a huge searchable database, that is trying to compile together all known useful plants. You can refine the search down by a wide number of varying growing and use characteristics to give you a surprisingly long list of plant options.

 
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