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It’s no secret that fresh fruits and vegetables taste better than the produce you find in-store. Fruits and veggies at the supermarket can be anywhere between a week to several months old by the time they hit your table. If you’re thinking about redesigning your outdoor living space, including edible plants can give you a garden that’s both attractive and practical. You’ll get produce that’s cheap, nutritious, and much fresher than what you’ll find in a supermarket. Here are some tips on how to add some flavor to your garden this summer.
Choosing the Right Plants
The first step to redesigning any garden is picking the plants. When growing an edible garden, you should look for trees, shrubs, and herbs that can handle your local climate. You need to take into consideration factors such as temperature, rainfall, sunlight, and space constraints. Beginners may want to stick to native species, but with proper care, it’s often possible to grow more exotic plants as well. A greenhouse allows you to protect sensitive plants from excessive sun, rainfall, heat, and cold. You can speak with local gardeners or nearby nurseries to learn more about what plants are native to Kenya.
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Making the Most of Your Space
You don’t necessarily need a large backyard to start your own edible garden. Even if you live in an apartment, you can create a small indoor or outdoor setup to grow food. For small spaces, you can build a planter box or grow your produce in pots. With larger outdoor areas, it’s often easier to plant sprouts in raised beds. This not only allows for an efficient flow of water when draining through but also gives plants such as tomatoes and peppers plenty of room to spread their roots. Just make sure that you leave plenty of space between new sprouts. Otherwise, they’ll be competing for water and sunlight as adults.
Organizing a Calendar
Before planting your garden, it’s critical that you make a note of when to sprout different plants. Temperature and precipitation both play a crucial role in when a seed is able to germinate. You should also consider how long it takes a given plant to mature so that you can plan your harvest.
This summer, you can add a unique twist to your garden by incorporating edible plants into your landscape design. Edible gardening not only transforms your yards into a display of color but also helps you to stock the pantry with fresh fruit and vegetables. With proper planning, you can design and grow an edible garden that will be the envy of the neighborhood.