There are so many reasons to take up gardening, it's no wonder it's become a popular Summer hobby for millennials. Surrounding yourself with greenery can help reduce stress, and toiling in the soil can even be a good way to exercise. And who doesn't love to see plants grow from seed to seedlings to healthy full-grown plants, all as a result of our hard work? But there's another reason we can all get behind gardening: growing plants that you can eat.
There's something so satisfying about being able to whip up a salad using your own homegrown greens, or using your own herbs as the finishing touch to an elaborate meal served at a dinner party. Plus, if you have children or just want to make your outdoor space friendlier for nieces, nephews, children of friends, or neighbors, filling your backyard or patio with digestible flora is an easy way to do that.
When it comes to edible plants, fruits and vegetables are the obvious place to start. But successful gardening is all about variety, and in addition to a fruit and vegetable garden, there's a world of herbs and edible flowers that you can plant as well. These plants are all ideal for having a garden that's both beautiful and fit for human consumption.
- Flowering artichoke
- Hot peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Swiss chard
- Bay laurel
- Rose hips