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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Edible Garden

Planting an edible garden is an enjoyable project that will yield high-quality produce and give you the opportunity to try heirloom varieties at prices that are far lower than your local food market. Edible gardens also provide an educational opportunity for families with children. To get the most out of your garden, plan it out properly, prepare the soil well and make sure you have easy access to pick your wonderful produce at the peak of perfection.


Plan Out Your Space

If you are new at gardening or if you have limited time, it makes sense to start off with a small space before gradually expanding it. Gardens take a lot of care, and you want to make sure you are up to the challenge and not take on more than you bargained for. Keep in mind that while you may want to plant tasty pumpkins or corn, these vegetables take up a great deal of space – probably more than you would like to allot for your garden. Use graph paper to create a plan with one square equaling one foot. A 12 x 16-foot garden plot can accommodate a variety of vegetables like peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers as well as herbs and edible flowers. Minimize pathways between beds for greater gardening space.

Let the Sunshine In

Most garden vegetables require a decent amount of sunshine to thrive. You can estimate that the perfect spot for your garden should get at least eight hours of sunlight every day. To determine where to place your edible garden, observe where the sun sheds its light as it tracks across your yard. Use field marking paint or landscaping flags to mark the area that gets the most direct sunshine during the day. That is where you should plant your garden. Make sure that your garden will not be blocked by your house or the shade from mature, leafy trees.

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Prepare the Soil

Have your soil tested for pH to make sure it is between 6.0 and 6.8. Use limestone to raise the pH if you get a lot of rain, and use sulfur to lower the pH if your soil is on the arid side. The extension service at a local university can give you recommendations for improving your soil. Stake out the garden beds with string and loosen the soil with a shovel or garden fork. For larger gardens, you can use a rototiller. Rake the surface to remove rocks and tree roots, and shape the beds so that they rise around eight inches and have a flat top. Three-foot wide raised beds work well. Feed the soil with compost or natural fertilizer and work it into the soil.

Decide on Vegetables

Consider which vegetables you want to plant. Easy plants to grow include tomatoes, radishes, peppers, leaf lettuce, green beans and summer squash. If you are planting in cooler weather early in the spring, try beets, broccoli, kale and peas. Radishes, peas, parsley, celery, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and spinach can be planted before the last frost of the season. Try planting several of different varieties of each vegetable to find out which ones you like the best. Root crops grow best in fast-draining, loosened soil on raised beds.

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Plant Some Flavourful Herbs

Nowadays many of us are using a wide variety of fresh herbs to spice up our food and add health benefits. Set aside some space in your plot for an herb garden. Sage requires very little water, and produces soft gray leaves all season. Basil is a wonderful addition to many dishes, and its distinctive aroma signals that warmer weather has arrived. Thyme can be grown as a ground cover, and rosemary is like a mini pine tree and is tough and easy to grow. Wait until the weather really warms up to plant parsley. Be careful if you plant mint, since it has a tendency to spread, even in places where it is unwanted. Keeping mint confined in a pot may be the best idea.

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Try Edible Flowers

Growing edible flowers can beautify your garden and provide colorful, gorgeous blooms to garnish your food. Do your homework before planting, and remember that just because a flower is not toxic, it does not mean it will be delicious to eat! Remember that flowers are edible only if they are organic. While you can obtain edible flowers from a reputable florist, garden center or nursery, to be sure that no pesticides are used during the growth process, grow the flowers yourself. 


  • Nasturtiums, Tropaeolum majus, is the star of the edible flower world. This gorgeous flower has a spicy taste and colours ranging from yellow to oranges and reds. Nasturtiums are easy to grow and tolerate full sun to light shade.

  • Lavender, Lavandula, has a pleasant, distinctive aroma. The English variety (L. angustifolia) is best for culinary purposes. Lavender grows best in well-drained soil with full sun.

  • Daylilies, Hemerocallis, are popular in Asian cuisine. They grow best in full sun to light shade with well-drained soil mixed with organic material.

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