There’s not much that can compete with the flavorful burst of a cherry tomato off the vine, especially if it’s a plant you’ve grown and nurtured yourself. The same applies to homegrown string beans, peppers, and kohlrabi. Then there’s the convenience: Walk out your back door and snip some basil for pesto, oregano to add to pasta, or chives to chop into your salad. Growing edible plants — even if it’s just one or two of them — is incredibly rewarding.
Whether you’re gardening on a high-rise balcony or on acres in the country, and whether you’re growing a single parsley plant or a multiple-row vegetable garden, you’ll need to consider the where, how, when, and what of your plantings.
Whether you garden on the edge of the woods, in a subdivision, or on a concrete pad behind a city row home, you can plan a garden that showcases each season’s unique beauty. And regardless of your style — meticulous planner versus more of an experiment-as-you-go type — the process can be just as rewarding as the end result.
We’ve got some tips for creating an eternal garden, a space that inspires satisfaction and joy while you’re actively pruning shrubs, appreciating it from a bench among the flowers or peeking out a kitchen window at snow-covered branches.