|Posted by nicosnurseryland on May 3, 2015 at 1:15 PM|
So it’s finally May! That means it’s time to get our patios ready for Summer!
What’s the latest trend in patio gardening? Edibles.
Why not eat what you grow? Vegetable Gardens are a lot more than they used to be. People are now growing veggies, herbs and berries right on the patio! It’s a gardening trend that has been ‘growing’ for some time and I think it’s one that’ll stick! There’s nothing better than watching your child eat fresh raspberries right on the patio. The cutest part is when they go out and look to see if the next crop is ripe yet!
There are so many varieties of berries suitable for pots and most are hardy overwintered in pots too! My favourite new Raspberry is “Raspberry Shortcake”. Its dwarf habit, thornless branches and repeat crops throughout the summer make it a must have for sure! As for Blueberries, you just have to try some of the new ones from Brazel Berries. Varieties like “Jelly Bean” and “Pink Icing” are so cool, I can almost feel them cooling me down on a hot Shuswap Summer day!
Sure there are tumbling tomatoes but have you heard about “Rapunzel”? This new tomato, named after the fairy tale character, grows to 6’ tall producing unique, long cascading trusses with tons of fruit. Very flavourful, bright red cherry tomatoes make the perfect addition to salads and veggie trays. So sweet, you'll be tempted to eat them straight from the vine.
Now, while edibles are great in containers, what about edible Hanging Baskets!? There are “Patio Snacker” Cucumbers and maybe the best one yet, the “Pink Flowering Strawberries”. Adding a couple of these to your regular flowering hanging baskets will add a certain excitement, not only are the flowers outstanding, but the fruits are delicious too!
When thinking of doing your patio this year, try adding some edible plants and enjoy eating your harvest while sitting on the deck relaxing in the sunshine!