edible gardening-vegetables

Now is the time everyone is thinking about their edible gardens and what they want to plant. If you’ve been there, done that and have the t-shirt to prove it, you know there’s some work involved to say the least! But there are more ways to skin a cat and you can still have your cake or in this reference, “tomato” and eat it too! You may not have the time or energy to do a full-fledged garden but have you considered incorporating edibles into your ornamental landscape? Many edibles have beautiful foliage, flowers and of course fruit. No one would blame you for enjoying the luxury of popping a few fresh cherry tomatoes in your mouth as you’re outside on the back porch taking in the sunset!

green bean trellis-vegetable gardens

This beautiful potager garden at Chanticleer is surrounded by a picket fence to keep critters out. A trellis is used here to help the green beans climb up nicely for an easy pick.

Here are a few ideas. Consider placing some basil, oregano and thyme around the back steps and call it your “Potager garden.” Growing green beans couldn’t be easier by training them on a trellis. Tomatoes need a full 8 hours of blasting sun so pick a spot that obliges. Give them a sturdier start by planting their stems deep into the ground so roots can establish and stabilize the heavy carried fruit that eventually produces. Pinch off the lower leaves and stake with a cage. When plants are young and freshly planted, water often but don’t let the soil get soggy. Fertilize with organics like Espoma Garden Tone to give your babies a productive start.

If you’re the type that likes a challenge and donning a farmer’s hat isn’t an intimidation, then we can till your garden and get it ready for your spring and summer plantings. Eating out of your own yard will be a pleasure but watch for neighbors who may get the same idea. You might start a revolution in the neighborhood! We hear it’s catching on! Call us today if you’re ‘chomping at the bit’ to get started on your own edible garden planting!