It’s time to start thinking about planning and planting your edible gardens for the season.
At Lifestyle Landscape Solutions, we are passionate about incorporating edible elements into your outdoor spaces for several reasons – not only are the practical, but they can be beautiful and enhance your property too! You can plant directly into garden beds, create raised planters or even a living wall. Check out our Gallery for some excellent examples of edible spaces and living walls.
Edible gardens are formal in design – we create pockets of garden for different edible plants and trees. The framework is created using companion planting that attract bees and encourage pollenation.
When installing plants or creating a new garden bed, mark out the space for the bed and spray the area with Glyphosphate at least two weeks before planting. Dig the garden bed over or rotary hoe for improved drainage. When planting, dig the hole twice the width of the root ball and loosen the soil at the bottom of the hole. As a general rule, plant plants or trees no deeper than the soil in which they were originally grown. For added growing boost, you can sprinkle in some Blood and Bone, slow release fertilizer or appropriate plant food with the plant.
Install mulch for retaining moisture to your garden beds. Mulch can help with weed control and will also give your garden a clean, finished look. Apply a 35mm covering of mulch to the gardens and avoid contact with the stem of the plant. Mulch can be topped up regularly as it decomposes. Lifestyle Landscape Solutions can advise you on the type of mulch to install and only uses suppliers of the best quality product.
Water your edible garden at least twice a week. Giving the plant a long, deep soak is more beneficial than frequent light watering. Set up drip line irrigation and mirco spray heads as you can directly water the plants, rather than the surrounding area. By using irrigation you can control the amount of water to different parts of your garden which is responsive to climate and rainfall. If you currently do not have irrigation in place, click here to contact Lifestyle Landscape Solutions for a quote and more information.
Enjoy your outdoor space!