Spring is just around the corner, and it's time to think about that vegetable garden you never planted! If every year goes by without your new garden, you are not alone. Preparing a traditional vegetable garden plot can be overwhelming. One solution is an easy, no-fuss edible garden that mixes vegies and berries into your existing planting bed.
Finding the Perfect Spot
The first step is to find an area that gets up to six hours of sunlight. If you have critters that love to munch, you may want to place a simple fence or protective mesh around your garden area.
If you prefer a tidy-looking vegetable garden, incorporate repetitive plant colors, patterns, or textures to create balance. Enhance your garden by selecting plants that bloom at different times throughout the growing season. Your vegetables will benefit, and you will enjoy the rhythm of changing colors.
The number one must-have in my vegetable garden is whimsical art placed among my veggie plants. Anything goes! Garden art is a great way to add fun and to keep it bright and happy.
Three Sisters Garden
Another easy way to grow vegetables is the no-fuss Three Sisters Garden with only corn, beans, and squash. This garden trio has been used by Native American peoples to produce sustainable food sources for centuries and is increasing in popularity for northwest gardeners.
How does the Three Sisters Garden work?
When to Plant: Plant corn seeds in late spring when the soil begins to warm. Next, plant bean seeds 2 to 3 weeks later (or when the corn is 4” tall). Squash seeds are the last to be planted about one week after the beans have emerged.
Be sure that your garden receives a minimum of 6 hours of sun per day (more is better)! Select seed varieties that do well in your area and choose organic or heirloom varieties if available. Most importantly, have fun and find a few kids to get involved!
Did you know certain plant combinations will either help or hinder your vegetable garden? Some of my favorite helpers are Alyssum, Marigolds, and Sage.
Companion Plants Reference Chart (free download)
For a successful no-fuss edible garden, download our Companion Plants Reference chart for plants that will help or hinder your edible garden. No email required!
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Local Food Bank
If you do well, your garden will produce more than you can eat. Fingers crossed! Please remember to donate your fabulous fresh vegetables to your local food bank. Fresh veggies are always welcome!
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BauerCombs is an award-winning landscape architecture firm specializing in sensory landscape designs for the greater Seattle, Bellevue, and Eastside areas. With our signature sensory design methods, we create captivating landscapes that bring life to outdoor spaces through the artistic balance of color and patterns, scent, touch, taste, and sound. Our work has been published in several magazines and continues to grow in reputation for creating healthy outdoor environments for people and communities.
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