Edible gardens take all shapes and sizes – from a single raised bed to elaborate planting schemes with trellising, paths and seating areas. In the very beginning I had big plans for my space but I knew, due to time and money, it would take years.  This section is my progress report.

In hindsight, I’m glad the garden is slowly forming. It’s allowing me to see what works and what doesn’t, and to adjust my plans accordingly. I managed to kill off both rhubarb plants the first year I grew them, but after moving them the following year (to afternoon shade) they were as happy as Larry. And the whole herb garden has really struggled in the Tennessee heat so the original plan for that, in full sun, simply won’t work anymore.  I’m also learning about the quantities of different foods I should be growing, and that will change the size of various sections once different paths and borders are put in. Starting with an open canvas has been extremely forgiving.

There is still a long way to go before I pass from creating a garden to maintaining it, but as the proverb says, “the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, the second best time is today.”