Setting Up Your Garden Design

How Edible Landscapes 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 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 Maintenance Services and 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:

Spring: February - May

Tomatoes

Caged tomatoes surrounded by a pollinator friendly blend of seasonal flowers and basil

$65

Herbs

It’s a Lamiaceae family reunion! Rosemary, Cuban oregano and thyme intermixed with seasonal herbs and onions

$50

Eggplant

Eggplants surrounded by nitrogen fixing legumes, two kinds of peppers and seasonal flowers. Aromatic herbs in the corners repel harmful pests

$60

Spring Greens

Spring is the perfect time to grow tender, leafy greens like Black Seeded Simpson, Red Oak Lettuce, Swiss Chard, and Arugula.

$50

Hot Sauce

Four varieties of hot or sweet peppers nestled between rosemary, green onions, parsley/cilantro, dill and oregano. Everything you need to make your own hot sauce!

$60

Summer: June - September

Herbs

It’s a Lamiaceae family reunion! Rosemary, Cuban oregano and thyme intermixed with seasonal greens and onions

$50

Hot Sauce

Four varieties of hot or sweet peppers nestled between rosemary, green onions, parsley/cilantro, dill and oregano. Everything you need to make your own hot sauce!

$60

Summer Mix

Sunflowers help regenerate soil, while okra and bush beans provide hardy summer staples. A blend of zinnias to help promote pollinators and will produce until the end of summer.

$50

Fall: October - January

Fall Greens

While fall is the perfect time for cruciferous kales, cooler temps make it possible to grow virtually any kind of greens

$50

Roots

Seasonal root vegetables and greens are supported by fragrant flowers

$50

Tomatoes

Caged tomatoes surrounded by a pollinator friendly blend of seasonal flowers and basil

$65

Herbs

It’s a Lamiaceae family reunion! Rosemary, Cuban oregano and thyme intermixed with seasonal greens and onions

$50

Broccoli

While your broccoli grows slowly, quick growing root crops keep the soil shaded. By the time the roots are ready to harvest, you should have a few crowns on the broccoli

*recommended for experienced growers only*

50

Our Techniques:

Ollas

Our 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.

That’s probably because it remains one of the simplest and most effective irrigation methods available.

1. Bury an olla up to it’s 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 STUFF

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.

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

Layers:

  • Cardboard – Weed barrier that slowly biodegrades while still permitting water to drain through it.
  • Mulch – Sustainable layer that promotes drainage while slowly decomposing in order to promote fungal and microbial life
  • 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.
  • Perlite – A permeable barrier to fluff up the thick compost
  • Compost – See above. This is another layer
  • Coir Potting Mix – Coir is a peat moss alternative made from coconut husks that are shredded and add organic material to the soil.
  • Pine Straw – A thin layer of pine straw that shades plant roots and prevents erosion by diffusing rainfall gently into the soil below. Plus, it looks nice.

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’s 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.

Happy Planting!

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