This is so pretty. Grow your leeks in a wooden box, run some scarlet runner beans up a wooden a-frame trellis, and edge your bed with calendulas. Calendula is one of those old fashioned plants that is becoming popular again. Exceedingly useful, they’re ornamental, edible, cosmetic, medicinal, and easy to grow.
Anything grown on a twig trellis looks 100 times prettier.
Here are some views of the garden rows: kale, peppers, dill, rhubarb, beans, peas, basil, parsely, oregano, nasturtiums, and rhubarb (the bright red stems). Rhubarb is another one of those old school plants that’s starting to show up all over the place. I grew up eating rhubarb pie, which is absolutely delicious. You can also make rhubarb pickles, rhubarb jam, a rhubarb galette, or a quick rhubarb compote that you can serve with shortcake or pound cake for dessert. Far more interesting and unexpected than strawberry.
Here are some more edible gardens:
A kitchen garden in Italy
A DIY edible garden that supplies its owners with all of their fruits, vegetables (and eggs)
An edible garden planted as a formal garden
- a rhubarb galette (infusionfibers.wordpress.com)
- 15-minute make: rhubarb mojito (decoratorsnotebook.wordpress.com)
- Rhubarb Pie (meticulousmick.wordpress.com)
- Rhubarb Compote (jjasonwhatsinseason.wordpress.com)
- Poached Rhubarb and Strawberries (lovelyspoonful.wordpress.com)
- Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcakes (threesisterscooking.wordpress.com)
This is the garden that sparked a million escape fantasies where I go live off the grid on a small farm. Another one from the Gamble Garden Tour, the garden is 100% DIY (one of the homeowners is an architect) and supplies the couple with all of their produce.
GET THIS GARDEN
Front yard orchard:
- Growing: Pluots, cherries, apples, pears, plums, figs, and a grapevine grown along the fence
- Each “tree” was actually three semi-dwarf varieties planted in a triangle, not more than a couple of feet apart
- The trees are underplanted with daffodils
- A bougainvillea is planted along the house wall
- Mulch is alfalfa pellets and the neighbors’ leaf and grass clippings
Back yard garden:
- All of the trellises are bent rebar, custom made by the homeowners. Pipes were sunk into the ground, and the rebar was set into the pipes. The rebar was then wired and welded together.
- Vegetable beds have a north-south orientation so they get maximum sunlight and the plants don’t shade each other.
- Growing: asparagus, tomatoes, berries, beans, peas, lettuce, chard, radishes, eggplant, squash, garlic, leeks, cauliflower, herbs,
- Chickens clean up the garden and control insects, and their manure supplies all of the fertilizer
- Living fences are Camellia and Irish yew
- All of the vegetables are started from seed in the greenhouse
- A Zareba Red Snap’ R solar powered electric fence, motion-activated sprinklers, and netting keep out raccoons, squirrels, rats, skunks, deer…
Side view of the tomato trellis
The chicken coop
The side yard was crammed with abutilon – genius