Create an edible garden

August 5, 2015 - 2 min read

Grow your own vegetables right at home – its not as hard as you think! Here is how to get started, and soon you’ll be enjoying your own home grown tomatoes and herbs!

Is it time to give your old, tired backyard some TLC? If you’re looking for a unique way to utilise the landscape, why not consider an edible garden? The last couple of years have seen the rise of eating healthy, fresh and local—so what better way to do this than growing crops in your very own backyard! For some great information on this inventive idea, as well as a few Coffs Harbour businesses who can help you achieve garden perfection, read on!

Why choose an edible garden?

By turning your backyard into an edible space, you’ll begin to cut back on the amount of money you spend at the supermarket. You’ll also find the experience extremely fulfilling; whether it be the relaxing feeling of pottering around the garden, watering your crops, or the ability to appreciate when, where and how your food was grown.

Keen to give it a go? Firstly, it’s important to fully plan the design of your edible garden, so you can maximise the space efficiently. The best thing about edible gardens is that they can cater to any size; from small courtyards and balconies to large open spaces. Whether your yard is big or small, this design can work for you. Once you’ve planned your garden design, it’s time to get planting! Check out our edible garden recommendations below!

Our top 10 crops for edible gardens are:

#1 Chillies – add a bit of spice to your garden with a pot or bed of chillies!
#2 Green beans – go green by planting a few green beans—perfect for evening meals and healthy salads.
#3 Rosemary – rosemary is a great herb addition to any edible garden and can be used in a number of ways.
#4 Basil – basil is a great component for home gardens and can be grown in both pots and borders!
#5 Tomatoes – blend that freshly grown basil up with some freshly grown tomatoes—great for pasta dishes.
#6 Lavender – give your garden an aromatic scent with a fresh crop of lavender.
#7 Spinach – if you want to be as strong as Popeye, you best plant some spinach in your edible garden!
#8 Broccoli – high in Vitamin C, A and fibre, broccoli is a great staple vegetable to grow.
#9 Lettuce – who doesn’t love lettuce? Plant some in your garden and all your lunches will be sorted.
#10 Turnips – turnip is the perfect component for root-veg soups and roast dinners—delish!