10 Beautiful Edibles to Add to Your Garden
Growing tips: Artichokes can grow quite tall (about 4 feet), and they love sun or part shade as well as a bit of protection from the wind. The ideal spot would be against a sunny fence, near the back border of a garden bed. In areas with mild winters, artichokes are perennials (although they may produce less after a year or two), but they’re planted as annuals in colder climates.
Growing tips: Eggplants prefer fertile, well-drained soil and regular deep watering. If they’re growing in pots, you may need to water them more frequently.
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Growing tips: Basil needs full sun to thrive and loves the heat. If your summers are cooler, try planting it near a south- or west-facing wall. Basil grows well in pots.
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Growing tips: Lavender does well in full sun, with low water conditions and poor soil. If your soil holds too much water, mix in sand before planting or grow it in containers.
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Growing tips: Kale is a cool-season veggie. Sow seeds in late summer or early fall to harvest in fall or early winter. Kale enjoys full sun but will tolerate part shade. Some shade is best if it’s still hot when you plant.
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Growing tips: Swiss chard likes full sun but will burn if the sun is too hot. If your summers are very hot, plant it in partial shade.
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Growing tips: Plant lettuces in early spring and continue to sow every few weeks to provide a continuous crop. Once the weather gets to be about 75 degrees consistently, the lettuce will begin to bolt. Wait until fall to start sowing again.
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Growing tips: Strawberries love really rich, well-drained soil and full to part sun. Plant as a ground cover, to edge a border (though beware, they can take over) or to fill containers.
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Growing tips: Sage is a perennial herb that loves a sunny spot in well-drained soil, and it does well in containers. It’s difficult to grow sage from seed, so start with cuttings or young nursery plants instead.
Growing tips: Plant in early spring in rich soil with good drainage, in a spot that gets full sun. Chives like regular water, so be sure not to let the soil dry out.