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Owen Reeves tells us how to create edible gardens!

Grow your Own Produce

There are countless reasons to grow some of your own food:
  • To be more self-sufficient
  • It is healthy – you know pesticides have not been used
  • It is cheaper than grocery shopping
  • To teach your children a powerful skill that is also a great joy
  • With some planning and thought, you can create an interesting, productive and pleasant space that can be used as an edible garden


Herbs are very popular. When planning what to plant in your edible garden there are a few things to think about:
  • What are your favourite dishes? Plant the herbs that would complement that; a sprinkle of cilantro for tortilla soup, lemon grass for a Thai stir-fry or French tarragon for a chicken salad sandwich.
  • Popular herbs that are easy to care for – rosemary, basil, chives, sage, mint, oregano, parsley and thyme
  • Herbs can easily be grown in pots or placed in a small garden bed 


Veggie gardens are also a fast growing trend; tips for planting vegetable gardens:
  • Start small, with an area two to three meters square, so that you don't get overwhelmed
  • Look for a level, sheltered site that's sunny for six to eight hours a day, and close enough to a faucet or rain barrel that watering won't be a problem
  • The most popular vegetable plants are hot peppers, like ghost peppers and tabasco peppers, which can be planted in pots, but do much better in the ground
  • Kale is still popular
  • Asparagus is a great plant because it is a perennial


Lastly, fruit gardens! 
  • The easiest fruit to grow are berry bushes; they are perfect for just about any garden environment
  • Whether you have a large lot in which to plant fruit-bearing hedges, or a sunny balcony that would be perfect for hanging baskets, there’s a berry plant that’s ideal for your home
  • If you choose a perennial species, you’ll only have to put in a bit of maintenance work now and then in order to enjoy a beautiful, bountiful harvest year after year
  • Note: when it comes to choosing a berry bush or shrub for your garden, most birds and animals are wired to regard blue, purple, and red fruits as “ripe”, so if you’ve had any problems with pests, you might consider a variety that bears white, green, or yellow fruits instead. The wild foragers will assume that the fruit is unripe, and won’t decimate your crop!
  • Keep in mind that most berry bushes and shrubs prefer acidic soils, so it’s important to do a soil pH test to determine whether your soil needs any amendments before establishing the bushes: it’s better to test ahead of time rather than risk disappointment from a failed crop later

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