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It is no longer the rule that edible plants have to be separated in your landscape. Fruits, vegetables, and herbs can now be incorporated into your other plants and shrubs to create a visual garden treat in your yard. There are few principles to follow so you have a beautiful landscape with gorgeous edibles. The Landscape Expert can provide you with information on plants that will grow well in your area. We also have access to numerous varieties that will grow in different soils and sunlight to fill any type of landscape. Here are examples of how you can create an edible garden on your property.

What is an Edible Garden?

Fences & Gates Southern California provides you with a unique area to grow an edible garden. A garden that offers you fresh fruits and vegetables ready to be placed on your table. These are fruits and vegetables you grow right in your backyard, mixed into the beauty of your landscape that go from the vine to the table with the help of your green thumb. The climate in Southern California ranges from desert-like conditions to those found in the Mediterranean with summers that are warm and dry. Rain is infrequent so it can be challenging to grow an edible garden during the warm days. Overall; however, the climate in Southern California is fantastic for producing a large variety of vegetables and fruits for your edible garden. Edible gardens can range from containers filled with your favorite table vegetable such as a tomato to large patches included in your flower beds. You can even disguise your edibles within your other gardens if you don't want others to think of it as a vegetable garden. Basil and Fennel are great tasting herbs you can blend right into front yard garden, and no one can tell they are edible plants. Other edible plants that will beautifully blend into other foliage are the artichoke and sage. The artichoke is a beautiful vegetable, and even if you don't want to eat it, you will love the ornamental feature it will give your garden. Sage grows in mounds with gray leaves and is a Mediterranean perennial, so it works well in Southern California Fountains, Ponds, & Water Features.

Why is an Edible Garden Important?

People are rediscovering the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables. While the Farmer's Market idea has taken off across the country, it is still an advantage to have your own garden on your property where you are able to harvest your own ripe, organic produce. With an edible garden, you eliminate the unknown of purchasing supermarket produce. You remove the exchange of countless hands touching the items you eat, along with the uncertain refrigeration times and if they've been done properly. You also avoid eating something that has gone through numerous transportation exchanges.

 

Adding Edibles to Existing Plants

If you already have a selection of plants on your property, you can easily add edible plants to those in your flower beds. There may be some in your current garden that don't have the luster you were looking for, and edible plants would be an excellent choice to replace those. Your landscape expert will be able to provide advice on which would make a good change for you. To spruce up the hedges in your landscape, you should consider blueberry bushes. They have beautiful spring flowers, will give you delicious fruit in the summer, and then provide an exceptional fall color at the end of the season. Other choices for edging your flower beds would include radishes, spinach, or lettuce. These plants can tolerate some shade as they are a cool season plant. Most other edibles do better when receiving six to eight hours of full sun.

  Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 6:10:45 AM

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