Growing a plant is a fulfilling experience in itself. But when you grow an edible garden, the rewards double. Along with the pleasant greenery, what you get to enjoy are, literally, the fruits of your labour: Fresh veggies and herbs that taste incredible. Plus, you save money while at it — that’s a bonus!
Besides the luxury of having garden fresh ingredients for your meals at your disposal, it’s a fun experience, and a great way to teach your kids to eat healthy.
Here are five edible plants that you can grow easily.
1. Snow Peas
They are tasty, nearly part of the plant is fit for consumption — from the peas to the pods and even the shoots, and they are an excellent source of plant protein. What’s not to love?
Snow peas, just like other varieties of peas, are a cool season plant. They are easy to grow from seeds and only need a well-draining soil covered with nutrient-dense mulch to establish their roots, and in less than two months you’ll be ready to harvest your first crop.
2. Green beans
There are so many variants of green beans to choose from that it isn’t hard to find one to suit your space.
For instance, if you only have a tiny garden space to spare, Dwarf or French beans are the perfect choice. They can give you a generous yield of full-size beans on short plants, rather than climbers that take up more space. You can start with seedlings and prepare to harvest beans in just few weeks.
If you have a larger space, you can opt for climbing beans. Though they fruit over a longer period, they produce bigger crops. You can plant them either in a large pot or a veggie patch that receives ample of sunlight.
3. Leafy Greens
There’s a wide variety of lettuce—iceberg, butter, cos or romaine, oakleaf—that not only grow well indoors but are extremely tolerant of the Aussie sun which can be strong to downright brutal, depending on where you live.
Other types of leafy greens like kale, mustard greens, spinach, rocket, and endive are pretty weather-stable, so you can grow them year-round without running into major problems. Just remember not to let them dry out.
They can be started with either seeds or seedlings. And, while most of them will happily grow in mulch-covered well-draining soil, you can even grow some of them in water. Lettuce, for one, grows exceptionally well in water from stem cuttings. So, if you have a head of lettuce in your fridge, you could get started right now! This one is really popular for edible gardens.
If you never thought about growing mushrooms in your home, you’re missing out big time. There’s a world of mushroom varieties out there, and some of them like Lion’s Mane and Oyster Mushrooms are quite easy to grow even for a beginner. They don’t take up a ton of space and can thrive in jars just as well as in the garden. Mushroom kits, like the ones available at Little Acre Mushrooms offer an even more fool-proof way of growing mushrooms at home.
Herbs like thyme, rosemary, oregano, basil, chives, and spring onions thrive in small spaces and are great candidates for container gardens. They are pretty forgiving and just like lettuce, can be grown from kitchen scraps in a pinch.
So, there you have it — five foods that you can grow at home to make an edible garden, whether you live in a suburban house with a big backyard or a city apartment where space is at a premium.
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