Today I have a new project to show you and, as usual, I’m very excited. Each and every project is very different and I enjoy every minute of the design process, on the other hand, my clients have a lot of things in common: the need and desire of doing things by themselves, following simple steps, that my friends, is why I’m here for!.
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Now, let’s talk about this new project.
Growing your own food is one of the best things you can do when you have space to do it, right?. As I explained it in my latest post “How to organize your crops and harvest“, you don’t actually need a lot of space to grow your own food, you can grow many things (vegetables, herbs and/or fruits) in a small terrace using containers, you can even grow indoors, but that’s material for another post.
That being said, if you do have a good amount of land to grow your own food, then you are super lucky and I salute you for making it work!!!.
However, if you don’t know how to start a vegetable garden by yourself, I’m going to give you tips and ideas to start an edible garden.
One of the things about growing your own food is that it’s so satisfying, still, making it look good is not as important; A blooming garden has to be perfect and beautiful, but the same importance is not given to an orchard, which it’s still a garden, an edible garden. I think making appealing your edible garden, will give you twice the satisfaction!.
Knowing how to plant and what to plant will give you better crops, fewer pests, and better looks.
This project is all about edible gardens using herbs, so, if you don’t know where to start, this post will give you tools to start a big or small edible garden by yourself.
Herbs transform our dishes into amazing family favorites, sometimes we even have our personal herbs mix. Right now I’m using a Provence herbs mix that I bought in southern France (it’s made from savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, oregano and sometimes lavender) and I kinda love it…
Ok, this is not a cooking post, nevertheless, you can find your beloved herbs in your own garden and you can have them fresh during the year, isn’t that cool?
Herbs don’t only taste good, they also make our garden look better! (garden = terrace, window sill, backyard, front yard, etc).
WHAT TO PLANT?
Most herbs are perennials, which means they don’t “die” in winter; Rosemary, sage, and thyme (to name a few), have beautiful shapes that will stand out in your garden and work very well with other shrubs and flowers.
Lavender and rosemary work pretty good together, they smell amazing, attract pollinators and they will cover a good amount of space if you want to;
Sage comes in different foliage colors so you can create unique sage beds with different colors and smells. It looks great among achilea, rudbeckia, and lavender.
Thyme, it also has different smells and foliage colors, it has a small ball-shape so it will cover nicely spaces between blooming shrubs, stairs or walking paths at home.
Chives look great among rosemary, sage, stachys (which is not an herb but is a nice evergreen with silver foliage), thyme, oregano, etc.
In this case, we have nice size for an herbs garden, about 10m² for planting, and 2m² that already has 2 vintage roses.
I explained in my previous post how important is the spacing in an orchard, my advice is to be organized and leave the necessary spaces between plants so they grow comfortable and you’ll be sure that your plants won’t grow on top of each other after 3 days of summer.
Another thing to consider is that there are plants that work and grow better together, like basil and tomatoes, thyme and sage, rosemary and lavender. Your edible garden can have lots of colors and shapes if you choose the right plants and, your vegetables will be healthy and beautiful.
In this project, we have perennials, annuals, and flowers to plant directly in the soil. Annuals can be in containers so it’s easier to change them during the year, you also will have a different look in your garden depending on the container and the heights of it or the plant.
Perennials: all of them will attract bees and improve pollination
– Chives: Repels aphids.
– Mint: depending on the zone it will disappear in winter and come back on spring. Mint can be very invasive, that’s why I suggest planting in containers, they will give a different touch to your garden and different heights.
Annuals: all of them will attract beneficial insects to improve pollination
– Basil: repels aphids, whiteflies, spider mites, hornworms among others.
– Nasturtium: helps avoid fungal diseases, attract aphids away from other plants, trap other insects such as whiteflies, squash bugs, cucumber beetles and cabbage worms.
– Pot marigold or calendula: attracts beneficial insects.
– African marigold: repels garden pests like beetles, slugs and tomato worms; it also attracts beneficial insects like bees and butterflies and, it will keep away mosquitos!
Mulch is your friend, it is a soil cover made from bark (in this case), it will retain moisture in the soil, protect the roots in winter, in summer, it will keep the soil fresh and, it will help you control weeds.
You can also use pebbles for a cleaner look.
- Most vegetables need a good amount of direct sunlight per day, about 6 hours; veggies will be bigger, tastier and your harvest will be substantial. Don’t worry, herbs will be ok with 4 hours of sunlight per day, they will grow slower but they will be fine.
- Enrich your soil with compost, eggshells, etc. All plants need a good root system and nutrients to grow.
- Pick the right place to plant, it should be protected from the wind, open to pollinators and with a good drainage.
- If you are a beginner, start small, there’s no rush, there’s a lot of things you can grow in a small space, you can do it!!!.
Hope you find useful info here, let me know if you like it, or if you still have questions, don’t hesitate to ask, I’m here to help.