It’s a fact that everything tastes better when you grow it yourself: from plump summer figs basically begging to be picked to an abundance of juicy lemons that you are happy for your cheeky neighbours to pinch. And don’t get us started about sun-warmed tomatoes plucked straight from the vine!
Even if you only have a scrap of a backyard – or if half of it is taken up by the kids’ trampoline – it can still be an actively tasty one! Here are some ideas on how to grow an edible garden in a small space.
To make the most of your garden space go vertical. Vertical gardens are easy to maintain and have the added advantage of making bare walls or fences look lush. They can even create a bit of privacy or a barrier where needed. You can buy ready-made vertical gardens (with or without plants) or have them designed to suit your exact space and wishes. Local companies like Custom Vertical Gardens, Vertical Joy or Orto Urban Gardens service the Melbourne’s West.
Try to pick plants that do double – or even triple – duty! Lavender not only looks pretty in purple but it tastes sweet in baked goods like shortbreads and can be used for aromatherapy or tea. Aloe Vera is great when juiced or in smoothies but can also be medicinal when used to soothe bug bites and sunburns. Your favourite citrus can be made into healthy cleaning products or a natural air freshener.
Think Outside the Square
So you don’t have much room in your garden? So what! Mushrooms will happily grow in the dark in a box under the sink or in a pantry. Every window sill in your house will look happier when it’s home to a verdant pot of basil. And why not make use of the typically underutilised space in your front yard for a harvest? Rosemary looks great as a hedge for starters. Growing edible plants inside your home, front yard or even balcony means you’ll save more space in your backyard to plant the larger fruits and veggies that your family eats the most.
Get in touch with our friendly sales team today to learn how you can start growing your own edible garden.