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Plant Your Edible Garden

Spring is here! Which means it’s time to get your garden ready. Edible landscaping is great for homes. There’s plenty to choose from: vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, and/or shrubs.

First vegetables:

What is great with vegetables is that you can grow them in window boxes, large pots, or build gorgeous flower beds in your yard. Vegetables grow in many different sizes and colors. When planting your garden think of the colors that will start to show. This way you can make a beautifully aesthetic garden. Hot peppers, swiss chard, and more come in a variety of colors that can be mixed with annual flowers in a flower bed. If your backyard has some shade to it-don’t worry about your garden-there are vegetables that are fairly shade tolerant, such as, beets, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, spinach, and the list could go on. Do your research for the specific kinds of vegetables you would like to grow to see what will thrive in your yard.

Herbs:

Your garden doesn’t have to be ugly to be edible. Herbs come in a variety of colors and with a little forethought your garden can be aesthetically attractive and delicious! Herbs can be mixed in flowers just as many vegetables can be. If it’s your first year with an edible garden here are a few easy herbs you can grow:

  • Thyme
    • good in hot, sunny dry, areas
  • Chives
    • do well as a perennial border
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Dill
    • best grown in full sun
  • Fennel
    • good as a perennial border
  • Garlic
    • best in full sun or part shade
  • Lavender
    • best in full sun and well-drained soil
    • also comes in a variety of colors
  • Mint
    • partial shade
  • Parsley
    • full sun to partial shade
    • good as a perennial border
  • Sage
    • good as a perennial border

These are just a few of the herbs easy to grow that will bring delightful aromas and taste to your kitchen.

Fruit Trees and Shrubs:

Whether you are looking for a big fruit tree or a small bush to add to your garden, they will both make your taste buds water when picking your fruitage. Here are a few ideas to add to your wonderful garden:

  • Strawberries
    • grow these in long rows and along the edges of your flower beds
  • Rhubarb
    • grow in the flower bed or the border of your flower bed
  • Blueberry Bushes
    • looks great in a whole hedge and will give you enough fruit
  • Grapevines
    • beautiful when grown over an arbor
  • Raspberries
    • does will in medium shade
  • Melons
    • good planted along the back of a flower border
  • Cucumbers
    • good planted along the back of a flower border
  • Zucchini
    • good planted along the back of a flower border

Make your garden and edible one, not only will you enjoy the looks of your hard labor of your yard but you’ll enjoy the taste of the labor you put into your yard!

By Green Haven Homes 5-8-2017

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