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Grow an Edible Themed Garden!

Grow an Edible Themed Garden!

Since spring officially started on March 20, many gardeners have already planned what they are going to plant; still others are working on gardening prep. But, if you havenít planned yet, or even if you have, and you want to try something different, consider planting a themed edible garden or gardens.

A themed garden is a great way to get you in the mood for the new season. Not only do you get tasty and nutritious food, but gardening is also good for you in so many other ways–from reducing stress to working your muscles and increasing your flexibility.

Regardless of what you plant or where you plant, remember that vegetables need full sun and fertile, well-drained soil with a neutral pH and lots of organic matter. So make sure to choose a site that receives full sun and prepare the soil so it drains well.

What is a themed garden? Basically, it can be anything that you want it to be. You can grow what you like, whether itís your favorite color of vegetables, or your favorite type of cuisine, the choice is entirely up to you.

Here are some themes you can use to create your own edible garden:

  • Pizza, Spaghetti or Italian Herb Garden – Do you love Italian food or at least Italian herbs? Then you might want to plant a garden with pizza and spaghetti ingredients including oregano, parsley, basil, thyme, garlic, onions, peppers, and tomatoes for all of those sauces. You can even plant spaghetti squash to keep the theme going in a fun way. Include some dark, leafy lettuce green varieties for salads.
  • Chinese/Asian Cuisine Ė Include crops like mustard greens, snap peas, thai basil, Asian red kale, eggplant, coriander, radish, mizuna, endive and leafy lettuce varieties–your garden will be tasty and colorful too!
  • Salsa and/or Taco Garden Ė In most parts of the world, salsa is more popular than ketchup. If you like to make your own, nothing is better than having fresh ingredients grown right outside your kitchen door. Consider using hot peppers, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, and celery, and herbs like cilantro/coriander, cumin, and dill. And, for those tacos, include lettuce varieties like butter and romaine lettuces.
  • Herb Garden – If you donít want to limit yourself to just one type of cuisine, grow an herb garden with a variety of herbs. Perennial herbs will add to the foundation of you garden, and if you live in a warm enough climate like I do, they will overwinter. Perennial herbs include chives, lavender, mint, oregano, rosemary, thyme and tarragon.
  • Tea Garden- While most of us canít grow our own tea, we can grow delicious things that go in tea, especially mint, chamomile, lemon balm, and anise for a sweet, licorice flavor.


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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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11:56PM PST on Jan 19, 2014

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

1:16PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

So nice with a themed garden. I would choose the tea-garden! - because I am eager to build a japanese tea-house!!
Thank you for tips.

5:49PM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

cool ideas. also depending on your garden plan, spread out perennial herbs so there is always something growing everywhere.

12:54PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013


5:36PM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

What a fun way to do it.

5:14AM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

I want to have herbal gardens, vegetable patches, fruit orchards, etc.

I need land! And to live somewhere that isn't a city in a desert.

9:31AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Thanks Judi ! I own a decently sized balcony and wanted to do something different this year. I will still have my herbs, however the Tea Garden is a great idea, plus chamomile will attract bees which is a treat by itself

9:14PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013


9:59AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Unfortunately I can't, but maybe someday.

1:44AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013


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