Fresh Bites: Planting A Snack Garden
A snack garden gathers together edibles that appeal to children.
2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited
A snack garden is made by planting food plants that produce sweet, appealing fresh fruits, such as strawberries, tomatoes, mint, parsley and chives. In addition to great flavor, these plants also have attractive flowers.
In addition to strawberries and tomatoes, you could include carrots (sown close together to be pulled up and eaten when they're young and sweet), sugar snap peas and radishes. This garden also serves a great educational purpose: Children will never again think that tomatoes only come from supermarkets.
- Size: 6x3 ft. (2x1 m)
- Suits: A raised bed or the corner of a courtyard
- Soil: Fertile, well-drained
- Site: Sunny, possibly with a little shade
- 1 x strawberry
- 1 x wild strawberry
- 1 x tomato plant
- 1 x mint
- 1 x parsley
- 1 x chives
Planting and Aftercare
A dedicated raised bed would be perfect for a snack garden, but it could also be a collection of containers, gathered together in one area of a garden. If planting in containers, you will need to make sure you provide adequate drainage by putting broken pots over the drainage holes. The herbs, strawberries and wild strawberries are hardy and can be planted in the ground and left there year round, but tomatoes will need to be sown from seed indoors during spring and then planted out once all danger of frost has passed. Choose a cherry tomato such as 'Gardener’s Delight' or 'Sungold' for their sweet taste, early ripening and size.