Plants for an Edible Garden

These fruits, vegetables and herbs make for an attractive and delicious garden.

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Plant a Snack Garden

The idea of a snack garden is to gather together food plants that appeal to children and can be picked and eaten right off the plant. In addition to the tomatoes and strawberries shown here, you could include carrots, sugarsnap peas and radishes.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes form along a truss, which is the branch of yellow flowers. The flowers wither, drop off and leave behind tiny green tomatoes that will ripen and hang in clusters. Right off the vine, tomatoes taste great and are full of nutrients.

Strawberry

Strawberries announce the arrival of summer, bearing juicy red fruits loaded with sweet flavor. They are among the most versatile fruits to grow. Simply pluck them from the garden and enjoy.

Wild Strawberry

Wild strawberry is a common creeping plant that grows just about anywhere. They have runners (stems that grow sideways on the surface of the soil), and they send up new strawberry plants. They are edible and considered delicious by many people.

Mentha Spicata (Mint)

Mentha spicata, or spearmint, is edible and medicinal. The leaves and flowers are edible raw or cooked. Strong flavored, mint can be used in salads and cocktails or added to cooked foods as ingredients or garnish. Plants prefer a sunny position for production of essential oils.

Petroselinum Crispum (Parsley)

Petroselinum crispum, or parsley, is a biennial herb with aromatic dark green leaves and small yellow-green flowers in summer. It can be used fresh as garnish or dried and used as an ingredient in dishes.

Allium Choenoprasum (Chives)

Allium schoenoprasum, or chives, are perennial plants that belong to the onion family and produce attractive violet colored flowers. Small, bulbous onion-like plants grow in clumps; leaves are slender, tubular and hollow with a pungent flavor.

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