By G. Bosley  a.k.a. “groundhog”

There are lots of ways to add edibles into your landscape. It can be as simple as growing a Tomato plant in a large patio pot, sowing some Lettuce seeds as an edging in your perennial garden, planting a fruit bearing tree or shrub or creating a garden specifically for vegetables or herbs.  It just seems to taste so much better when it’s grown in your own backyard.

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GARDEN IDEAS

A  few good combinations of different edibles to incorporate into your landscape. 

A Low Maintenance Garden

  • Beans  
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Beets
  • Squash

Tomato Sauce Garden

  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Parsley
  • Tomatoes
  • Oregano

Kid Friendly Garden

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots

Outdoor Container Garden

  • Salad Greens
  • Tomatoes
  • Radishes
  • Peppers
  • Pole Beans
  • Peas
  • All Herbs
  • Chives

Herb Garden

  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Dill
  • Chive
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Oregano

The Cook’s Garden

  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Beets
  • Peppers
  • Squash
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Rosemary

Salad Garden

  • Spinach
  • Leaf Lettuce
  • Chard
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Snow Peas

More Of  A Challenge

  • Pumpkins
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Head Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Asparagus
  • Leek

 

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SOIL

Keep your vegetable garden away from large trees where the roots can rob your plants of moisture and nutrients.  Most vegetables will not thrive in acidic soils found near evergreen trees or oak trees.

The soil should be deep, fertile and easy to work.  Virtually any soil can be made productive with modifications.  Avoid low lying water logged areas, a drainage ditch may be necessary or build a raised bed in the area.  Clay soil can be improved by digging deeply and roughly into the soil in the fall and allow the weather to break apart the soil particles, in the spring it will be much easier to work in lots of organic matter. Each spring before planting you should refresh the soil by adding at least 2″ of organic matter and working it into the top 6 “.

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SUNLIGHT

Most vegetables need at least 6 hours of sunlight, so choose the sunniest spot on your property.  A few leafy vegetables such as Lettuce and Spinach will tolerate light shade.  Morning sun is better than late afternoon sun. 

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EDIBLES & PERENNIALS

Plant some incredible edibles mixed in the garden with your perennials.  Herbs and vegetables can make terrific ornamental plants.  Foliage colour and texture can add a new look to your garden.  Fennel, Swiss chard, Parsley, Sage, Rhubarb, Eggplant and Purple Basil are a few examples.

 

Corn planted at the end of the foundation garden.  This will add an architectural element to the garden with height.

A  Tomato planted to shade the soil so it wouldn’t dry out as quickly from the sun.  Corn requires a lot of moisture.

Planted a few of my favorite vegetables in the garden with ornamental grass and summer phlox.  It’s nice to step off the edge of the patio and pick some fresh lettuce for a sandwich or perhaps a carrot to nibble.

The foliage of lettuce and carrot look very nice in the garden.

Vegetables don’t always have to be planted in long straight rows.  Following the “Square Foot Gardening ” theory, select an area 1’x1′ or 2’x2′ and plant within that area.  This will give you a nice looking patch in the garden and more food per square foot.

Mixed Planting of Vegetables and Perennials

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