Setting Up Your Garden Design

Our expert growers at Fleet Farming and our Edible Landscapes service have designed companion planting designs to make it easier than ever to grow food in Florida! Check out the templates below for our recommendations for Spring, Summer, and Fall growing periods.

Seeking a design for your upcoming Edible Landscapes garden? Below is how our Edible Landscape service works:

  1. After your consultation, choose from our list of garden design templates below and let our Edible Landscapes staff know to complete your garden invoice.
  2. A team member will send your garden design invoice for your approval.
  3. Once your deposit payment is complete, we will schedule your garden build for your preferred day and time.
  4. After your completed build, you will have access to our paid maintenance services. Learn more about our other services here.

See our Edible Landscapes Installation Agreement to view the terms and conditions of our Edible Landscapes garden installation service. Agreements are also provided in your garden invoice.

Choose Your Garden Design:

All Year-Round

Plant varieties are based on availability in our greenhouses and seed inventory.
Costs for each garden design template are $80 for a 4×4 ft raised bed and $160 for a 4×8 ft raised bed.

Herbal Remedy

It’s a Lamiaceae family reunion! Rosemary, Cuban oregano, and Thyme intermixed with seasonal herbs and onions. All herbs will be planted based on the availability in our greenhouse.

Spring: January - May

Plant varieties are based on availability in our greenhouses and seed inventory.
Costs for each garden design template are $80 for a 4×4 ft raised bed and $160 for a 4×8 ft raised bed.

Spring Fling

Sugary-sweet snap peas are a favorite in the Spring! They can be delicately planted with companion crops like beets, turnips, and more!

Pretty and Pink

Rainbow Chard intercropped with stunning borage flowers that taste like blueberries! Nasturtium makes the bees happy while the smooth red oak and watermelon radishes help elevate any dish this season!

Sweet Greens

Spring is the perfect time to grow tender, leafy greens like Black Seeded Simpson, Red Oak Lettuce, Swiss Chard, and Arugula. Add in some edible Marigolds and you will have a perfect salad fresh every day!

Summer: June - August

Plant varieties are based on availability in our greenhouses and seed inventory.
Costs for each garden design template are $80 for a 4×4 ft raised bed and $160 for a 4×8 ft raised bed.

Pepper Mix

Three varieties of mild or sweet peppers nestled between beans,  rosemary, green onions, parsley/cilantro, dill, or oregano. Everything you need to make your own pepper sauce this season!

Eggplant Mix

Eggplants surrounded by nitrogen-fixing legumes, edible pollinator-attracting flowers, and Cuban Oregano will bring color into your yard. Aromatic herbs/ flowers repel harmful pests.

Gumbo

Sunflowers help regenerate soil, while okra and bush beans provide hardy summer staples. A blend of edible-flowers to help promote pollinators will help your crops produce until the end of Summer.

Fall: September - December

Plant varieties are based on availability in our greenhouses and seed inventory.
Costs for each garden design template are $80 for a 4×4 ft raised bed and $160 for a 4×8 ft raised bed.

Cool Greens

When the season cools, so do our green selections! Hardy Kale and heads of Choi mixed with delicate Black Seeded Simpson and Red Oak help to bring tons of nutrients into your diet!

Roots and Stems

Seasonal root vegetables like carrots, a variety of turnips, and radishes complement each other when grown between green onions and pest-deterring marigolds.

Taste of Italy

Cherry tomatoes are candy from your yard and the taste is amplified when grown near fragrant herbs like Cuban Oregano, African Blue Basil, and pollinator-friendly Nasturtium!

Our Techniques:

Ollas

The olla watering system is really really old. In fact, humans have been burying clay pots as a system of irrigation for as much as 10,000 years based on archeological findings.

If done right, it can be one of the simplest and most effective irrigation methods available. However, we have found it only works best with more mature plants, not seeds. Our drip irrigation combined with hand-watering is going to be the more effective method for getting your seeds to germinate. Once the plant has grown, the ollas will work really well.

1. Bury an olla up to its neck in the soil

2. Fill it up with water

3. Plant roots will grow towards the areas of soil that are moistened as water seeps through the porous material of the clay.

Soil Blend

It all starts with the soil! Most of what happens in the garden happens underground out of sight and all to often, out of mind. The soil blend you use must be rich with nutrients and vitamins essential for your crops to have the immune system they will need to grow strong and healthy. Also, the better quality soil, the better pest resilience your crops will have.

Our soil blend is designed to foster the fungal, biotic, microbial, and insect life that makes the magic happen.

Layers:

  • Weed Barrier: Cardboard or  Weed liner that permits water to drain through it.
  • Mulch – Sustainable layer that promotes drainage while slowly decomposing in order to promote fungal and microbial life while adding carbon to the soil.
  • Compost – Where the mulch is headed nutrient-rich soil full of life. This is the lowest part of your garden that roots will grow into. This adds nitrogen and phosphorous to the soil!
  • Perlite/ Vermiculite – A water and nutrient retaining substrate made of volcanic rock and adds calcium and magnesium to the soil.
  • Coir Potting Mix – Coir is a peat moss alternative made from coconut husks that are shredded and add organic material to the soil. A permeable barrier to fluff up the thick compost for seedlings to penetrate the surface layers with ease.
  • Pine Straw/ Straw – A thin layer of pine straw that shades plant roots from the sun radiation and prevents erosion by diffusing rainfall gently into the soil below. Plus, it looks nice!
Want to boost your soil even more? Ask about our soil amending teas made with additional vitamins from our Soil Amending Page linked here.

No-Dig

Something that might not be intuitive to new gardeners is that you should never pull out weeds or an old plant by the roots. Why you ask? Because of all that work we put into building good soil!

When most of the critters and fungi that live in healthy soil are exposed to sunlight through activities like tilling or pulling weeds, they are killed by the UV light. While this might not seem like a problem, it takes time for soil life communities to heal, so each time the soil is disturbed that timer is reset.

Won’t the roots that I’m leaving in the ground cause problems for my new plants?

As a matter of fact, as the old roots start to dissolve and return their nutrients to the soil, they’ll leave passageways that absorb water more efficiently and keep soil texture fluffy and loose.

What about weeds or root vegetables?

Ok, so there are some exceptions. Sometimes you have to dig something out or pull something out, but the best practice is just to disturb the soil as little as possible.

What else should I know about soil health?

Boy oh boy – what isn’t there to know!? The good news is, we’ve done most of the homework for you. Your raised bed will only require a “refill” of compost and pine straw each season in order to keep the top layer mulched, moist, and fertile. We provide this service too, with rates based on the square footage of your garden.

If you want to know even more about this gardening philosophy, you can read about it here.

Square Foot Planting

When it comes to deciding what to plant, it’s easy to skip straight to the table. In other words, it makes sense to grow what you like to eat, right?

Well, of course it does, but getting a healthy harvest is all about creating useful plant communities that share resources effectively instead of competing against one another.

Our pre-configured templates make sure that your harvest is supported by plants of different root depths, that require different nutrients and repel or attract insects according to the needs of the other plants around.

Need more guidance?

Schedule garden maintenance services today

Happy Planting!

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