Grow your own food!
Make your edible garden the most colorful part of your natural landscape. Edible gardening has become a staple for regular gardeners as they are looking for fresher, better, and more oraganic fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Having your own edible garden can be a very rewarding experience.
What exactly is edible gardening?
Edible gardening is the intermixing of vegetables, herbs, and fruits into your “traditional” landscape or perennial bed. The following are some ways that you can achieve an edible landscape at home: blended gardening, square foot gardening, and patio gardening. So, this year as you’re planning your vegetable garden for the first time or the twentieth time, consider trying some of these growing trends in do-it-yourself vegetable gardening.
If you are trying your hand at growing your own tomatoes and peppers this year, don’t forget some key elements that are critical to your success.
- Pick a site that gets plenty of sunshine– at least 6 hours each day to ensure that your food crops mature properly.
- Good soil and proper drainage are vital. Add organic matter such as Bumper Crop to amend the soil.
- Gardens closer to a water source work better, or try using a soaker hose. plants | When selecting which veggies to grow, learn how much space, water, and fertilizer each plant needs.
- Have fun!
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Blended gardens allow you to create a fun and multi- functional backyard full of color, texture, and fresh vegetables. You can use smaller fruiting plants (such as blueberries and raspberries) as substitutes for shrubbery. Perennial herbs, including thyme, rosemary or tarragon are great for small spaces and make a wonderfully fragrant ground cover. So, have fun blending together veggies like lettuce and kale, and herbs next to your petunias and salvia this year!
The basic concept of a square foot garden is to create a grid divided into sections. For example: a 4′ x 4′ (16 sq ft) area would then be divided into approximately one square foot units and marked out accordingly with edging, railroad ties, or anything that remains visible as the garden develops. Then in each individual square a different vegetable or herb is planted in that section. The number of plants in each square depends on the size of the plant. This allows for a wide array of crops to be grown and easily maintained.
Patio/container gardening is a great way to get your fresh vegetables and herbs when you have limited time or space to garden. Plant your veggies in containers or window boxes out on the back porch. If you like to cook with fresh herbs, consider growing them in decorative pots–they are easy to grow and budget friendly. A great way to get the kids involved is to create a theme garden, for instance a pizza garden using different tomatoes and basil or a salsa garden that has hot peppers and cilantro. Another way is to have the biggest tomato competition. It’s not only fun, but it’s also very rewarding!
Great slicer! Juicy large fruit, with great shelf life and disease resistance.
Large, Firm, Meaty Fruit. Great flavor and great slicing tomato.
Meaty, flavorful red slicing tomato. Good disease resistance.
Similar fruit to a Big Boy or Better Boy, just harvested earlier.
Great disease resistance, meaty flavorful HUGE fruit, Great for slicing!
Super sweet tomato great for salads! HUGE producer… hence the name.
One of the best grape tomato varieties.
Great for canning and homemade sauces. Delicious fruit and prolific variety.
Tiny yellow grape tomatoes. Very sweet!
Small dark red cherry tomato with a rich, sweet flavor.
Perfect tomato for small garden spaces or pots on the patio. Great disease resistance.
Amish variety, pale pink skin and mild flavor. Good slicing tomato for sandwiches.
Very large fruit with a meaty flavor. A bigger plant to support those big tomatoes!
Large, red, meaty fruit thats great for slicing. A heavy producer.
A mild-flavored slicing tomato with more of a pink skin than bright red. Heavy producer.
Medium sized dark maroon and purple fruit.
Full flavored slicing tomato with rosy colored skin. Medium-sized fruit.
Huge yellow-orange fruit, slicing tomato thats great for sandwiches.
Delicious bright yellow, 7-ounce fruit. Disease resistant.
A striped plum tomato.
Vegetables & Fruit
Adaptable variety of squash with high yields and 6-7″ fruits.
Black Beauty Eggplant
The most common eggplant on the market–early producer.
Gets its name from the stringy spaghetti-like interior. Perfect for vegetable pasta!
Great for slicing! Medium to large fruit size.
Perfect for pickling! Small to medium size fruit. Great for containers!
The quintessential summertime fruit!
California Wonder & Better Bell
The two best green sweet bell peppers.
Red sweet bell pepper.
A colorful alternative to green and red bells.
Great for salads and stuffing.
This plant bears orange, purple, red, yellow & green fruit.
Medium heat pepper. Great for poppers!
Exceptionally hot pepper! Bite one… if you dare!
Mild heat pepper. Great for roasting!
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An evergreen herb with culinary, medicinal, and ornamental uses.
Perennial plant with a mild onion flavor.
Evergreen herb with multiple uses.
In the celery family with a mild licorice flavor.
Highly-potent herb commonly used in pickling.
A woody aeromatic herb perfect on a nice juicy steak!
Aeromatic herb with culinary and medicinal properties.
Also knows as Coriander, similar to parsley.
The herb of choice in pesto sauce!
In the mint family and a perfect addition to a slice of pizza!
A common herb used in a variety of ways.
Used similarly to sage with a bitter flavor
The perfect sugar substitute! This herb has a very sweet sugary flavor.
Spearmint, Peppermint, Orange Mint, & Lemon Balm.
Culinary and medicinal purpose with a fresh lemon scent.