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Edible Gardens Making a Comeback

Put vegetables and herbs in your existing landscape

When you shop for flowers, consider buying a few edibles. It’s not necessary to designate a spot in your yard for a vegetable garden.  You can easily incorporate edibles into your yard, gardens, or containers.

Why put edibles in your landscape?  Three good reasons top the list:

  • Vegetables straight out of the garden just taste better.  Home-grown tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, rhubarb… and don’t forget the herbs
  • You control how much and what kind of pesticides (if any) to use on the edibles.
  • You will save on grocery bills.
Tasty Tomatoes

Tasty Tomatoes

Cucumbers have a refreshing taste

Cucumbers have a refreshing taste

Who can resist rhubarb/strawberry pie?

Who can resist rhubarb/strawberry pie?

Edible gardens are nothing new. They date back to Ancient Persia.  Monasteries and the English countryside followed suit. But somewhere along the line, homeowners decided to pursue the perfect lawn and our edible gardens disappeared.

Colorful combo in a container garden

Colorful combo in a container garden

Peppers are a perennial favorite

Peppers are a perennial favorite

Colorful Kale - and it's good for you too!

Colorful Kale – and it’s good for you too!

Nasturtium flowers, buds, and leaves have a peppery taste

Nasturtium flowers, buds, and leaves have a peppery taste

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Many fruits and vegetables need at least 6 hours of sun and well-drained soil.
  • Start with a small area in your existing landscape.
  • Consider using containers on the deck or patio
  • Tuck lettuce or kale in a flower bed.
  • Put basil in a pot with coleus.
  • Plant nasturtium. They are a colorful addition to salads.

For tips on watering your edible gardens, this Houzz article lays it out plain and simple.

 

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