Jamie Durie's Edible Garden Tips

When you think of a garden you seldom associate it with a renewable food supply, and these days the edible garden is about more than just standard vegetables! Here are some pointers to get you on your way to having the tastiest garden around.

Firstly, you will have to determine what you plan on growing, and then you can dedice on how much space you need or want to allocate for your edible garden.

Your space should have direct sun for about 8 hours a day. Make sure that it is convenient for you to water the space as well.

Good soil is vital for any garden, and there are no exceptions with your edible garden!

Aside from vegetables, here is a list of unique plants and flowers to consider growing:

- Herbs! There are a tonne of various herbs out there, and all of them add exciting flavours to your cooking. They also produce flowered blooms. Some common cooking herbs include sage, thyme, basil, rosemary and chives.

- Chrysanthemums are the perfect flower to add to salads, or the Asian variety, Shungiku, can be thrown into stir fries and herbal teas. Completely edible, this daisy like flower wil wow your guests when they see them on their plates.

- Another flower to garnish your meals is the Fuschia. Use it to garnish vegetables and grilled meats.

- Marigolds sprinkled through pasta and soup will add some peppery tang to the meal.

- The pretty petals of the Carnation flower can be used to decorate cakes and desserts. They have a sweet taste and will look pretty.

- Lavender blossoms can be infused into wines and sauces, or alternatively mixed into ice creams for a fragrant sweet dessert.

- Peony petals floating in the punch bowl will not only look lovely but taste great too.

For more great garden ideas see The Outdoor Room on LifeStyle HOME.

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