Your family can indulge in fresh, flavorful vegetables, herbs, and fruit without trekking to the farmer’s market. Don’t be intimidated by the idea of planting an edible garden. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1. Make a Plan

fresh herbs thyme, rosemary, sage and oreganoIf this is your first attempt at edible gardening, we recommend starting small. Build a raised bed or arrange a several planters on the back porch. Some herbs can thrive indoors, where they’re ripe for plucking to flavor a spring feast. As yourself which of your favorite favorite spring and summer edibles are easiest to grow. Pick a handful of plants and make sure their growing conditions sync up. Then it’s time to dig in!

  • Spread nutrient-rich soil in a garden container or raised bed
  • Visit Autumn Hill Nursery to stock up on seeds or seedlings
  • Make the most of your vegetable or herb garden by utilizing the square foot gardening technique
  • Label your crops for an organized garden

2. Show Your Garden a Little TLC

Make sure your edible garden receives the water and nutrients each plant needs to grow. After all, those nutrients will be nourishing you soon enough!

  • Weed weekly
  • Water regularly
  • Let the pollinators buzz around—they’ll help your plants produce more fruit
  • Keep an eye out for pests or disease

3. Eat Up!

Is your tomato plant bearing fruit? Has your dill flourished? Enjoy the fruits of your labor by cooking up some tasty summer meals. Share your bounty with the neighbors, get inventive with recipes, and relish the difference fresh ingredients makes in your cooking! And don’t forget to save seeds for next year’s planting.

Do you need help starting an edible garden? Visit Autumn Hill Nursery in Woodstock.

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