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Mediterranean garden is very similar to a salsa garden. You will
want to include vegetables like tomato, onion, garlic, peppers,
summer squash, and broccoli. Do not forget to plant the right herbs
such as parsley, basil, oregano, lemon balm, rosemary, marjoram,
and fennel. However, if you prefer Italian food to Greek, you might
consider planting a spaghetti garden or a pizza garden that would
be heavy on tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic, oregano, thyme, and
basil. Spaghetti squash, artichokes, and spinach can also be part
of either of these themes, depending on your tastes.
For a French
garden, your garden would need to include mostly herbs such as
basil, sage, parsley, sorrel, coriander, thyme, summer savory, and
marjoram. A few other possibilities might include tarragon, dill,
chives, watercress, and leeks.
A snack theme
will provide you with nutritious homegrown munchies. You might
consider planting popcorn, strawberries, peanuts, and sunflowers.
However, no snack garden is complete without a few potatoes that
will allow you to make your own homemade chips.
If you have
children, read them Stone Soup and then make your garden a fun
activity for your whole family by planting a soup garden.
Vegetables for this garden might include onions, carrots, peppers,
parsnips, rutabagas, beans, potatoes, and corn. For flavoring,
consider planting garlic, rosemary, summer savory, thyme, parsley,
sage, cilantro, and chives.
While it is
not feasible to try to grow your own tea, you can grow a variety of
ingredients that can add a little zing to it. Almost any of the
mints are good additives to tea. You might also try growing a few
other herbs like lemon balm, chamomile, cinnamon, and anise hyssop.
Of course, if you live in a tropical area, consider adding a couple
of lemon trees to this mixture.
of the simplest themes to grow. It consists of growing several
different varieties of the same vegetable. For example, you could
plant varieties of ox heart, beefsteak, and cherry tomatoes.
Another alternative is to plant different varieties of popcorn,
peppers, or even pumpkins.
vegetable gardens around a theme is a great way to add some pizzazz
to your garden. It is also a great way to teach children about the
cycle of nature: planting, growing, harvesting, cooking, and
eating. There is one major drawback to it. You might find that your
garden becoming so popular that you will be forced to expand it.
Luckily, this problem can easily be remedied.
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