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Edible Gardens Are All The Rage!

May 6, 2008
Have you noticed lately how the price of fresh vegetables and fruit is going through the roof? I sure have and I've done something about it, I've started an edible garden! A lot more folks are doing this and it's a sensible move. There are some very attractive vegetable plants available that provide a lovely landscape and also supply good crops.

You'll find you can have a spectacular looking edible garden that will ease the pain on your budget and give you fresh vegtables, herbs and fruits year after year. If you're short on space you can grow them in containers or even on a window ledge.

If you choose from the many perennial types of vegetables, then you'll be rewarded with crops every year, so you've effectively removed the need to sow again year after year. You'll not only have food to eat, you'll also have a very pretty garden, so it's a two in one!

So with the choice of plants taken care of for a yearly harvest, all you need to do now is a little feeding, watering, occasional pruning, weeding and pest control. In exchange you'll have fresh fruits and vegetables for years and years.

These plants will die back for the winter months, but their growth pattern will ensure they re- shoot every spring for another season. Year after year you'll enjoy a wide variety of fresh veetables and fruits.

With a little research you'll find that you can replace a lot of your conventional garden with the large variety of edible plants available. You don't have to stop at ornamental vegetables around your garden, what about using some of the perennial herbs instead of shrubs or ground cover. Then there's the great advantage of replacing some of your trees with highly decorative fruit trees. If you're short on space there are many dwarf varieties of fruit trees that are not only pretty but prolific producers of fresh fruit.

You can also mix edible plants with other plants to form beautiful combinations. Some edible plants, especially herbs, make great additions to flower gardens. You can mix all kinds of plants together for different looks.

Curly parsley looks beautiful with many different types of plants. You can plant it with pansies, lobelia, strawberries, dusty miller, or dianthus. Sage and oregano are very beautiful plants, and make great low shrubbery. They look fantastic as edging in front of larger bushes.

What about a bed of all the new and different types of lettuce available now? A mixture of all the spectacular colors and leaf varieties would look really good. If you don't fancy that then mix them in flower beds as accents.

With all this talk about vegetables, don't forget there are many plants with edible flowers or other edible parts, let's look at some. Sugar snap peas have striking purple, white, or pink flowers as well as the delicious peas they produce. They can look sensational when they're in full bloom.

Fava beans produce white and red flowers. Chives have amazing purple globe-shaped flowers. Dill has lovely yellowish blossoms. Nasturtium blossoms are edible, and some in red, yellow, and orange. Sage has blue and purple blossoms. And salvia also has blue and purple blooms.

The maintenance required by these perennial herbs and vegetables is minimal, so they're a good choice in your edible garden. Some of the choices you have are sweet potatoes, artichokes and Jerusalem artichokes, asparagus, dandelions, sorrel, broccoli, ginger, fennel, chives, rhubarb and garlic chives.
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