There is nothing quite like the feeling of growing and eating home grown produce. Creating an edible garden not only gives you a great sense of achievement, but it also has dietary, emotional, health and educational benefits.
There are many alternatives to just growing your own produce in the conventional allotment or the traditional vegetable patch at the bottom of the garden. Due to the versatility of many crops, you can create an edible garden pretty much anywhere, meaning that even if you’re an urban city dweller, with just a balcony or a window sill you can still grow your 5 a day!
Here in the Garden Trellis office, we have thought up some brilliant suggestions of what to grow and ways to display an edible garden. These are some of our favourites...
Window Boxes are great for if you have a small amount of space, as well as growing flowers; you can also grow herbs and vegetables. There are many benefits to windowsill growing, your plants are able to get plenty of sun and they are easy to water. There is a great variation of produce to grow in window boxes, ranging from dwarf French beans, radishes, spring onions and herbs.
Visit Life on the Balcony, an insightful blogging community that shares all of the different things you can grow from your balcony http://lifeonthebalcony.com/
Planters are extremely versatile for growing vegetables. Planters come in various different shapes and sizes, giving you more options for growing a greater variety of fruit and vegetables. You can grow anything from tomatoes, to even potatoes!
This how to guide tells you all you need to know if you are looking to grow potatoes in a smaller space. http://how-to-grow-potatoes.co.uk/growing-potatoes-in-containers/how-to-grow-potatoes-in-containers/
Trellis and Obelisks
If you have a slightly larger outdoor space, an obelisk or trellis is a great way to support climbing crops. Using an obelisk or trellis to display your edible garden is an attractive and practical way of supporting anything from sugar snap peas to kiwi fruit.
If you would like more information about what to grow and when to grow it in smaller spaces visit http://www.londonediblegardens.com/The_Growing_Season.html
You can also buy our planters, trellis and obelisks at our online shop, visit www.gardentrellisdirect.co.uk for more information.