Enhance Your Space with Our Expertise!

1 minute read
Creative Team
Creative Team February 8th, 2024

Enjoy an Edible Garden in New Orleans with Southern City Farm and Landscaping

Southern City Farm and Landscaping helps build the community and help individuals maintain healthy relationships with food and the natural world by helping in growing, harvesting, preparing, and enjoying food that is grown in an edible garden in the backyard of your home.

As you cultivate a love for gardening, we help awaken your senses to develop a love for fresh, seasonal edible plants like fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

We can help you create an edible garden that will keep you grounded while you leave your inward comfort zones to immerse your hands in the dirt and grow your own food.

blog edible garden

What is Edible Gardening?

Take back your physical and mental health by simply turning your backyard into a productive edible garden.

Urban gardening can be a challenge, but we have a team of experts who have had hands-on experience in growing and consulting on the matter of growing local edible plants for your edible garden.

An edible garden is a garden that has vegetables, flowers, herbs, seeds, berries, and plants that you can consume.

An edible garden can be small with a few pots and containers, or even just a window box with a few herbs.

How to Start an Edible Garden

Edible gardening is one of the hottest trends in urban landscaping these days that we help create for homeowners in New Orleans.

We can create an ornamental garden that yields an edible harvest in limited space.

You can opt for a garden that contains 100% edible plants or integrate ornamentals into your edible garden—a feast for your eyes and table in one sitting.

Here are some useful tips and considerations for starting an edible garden:

  • Purpose

What is most important for you while you contemplate creating an edible garden?

Do your reasons include saving money on groceries, enjoying fresh produce, beautifying your yard, and introducing your family, especially the kids to a healthy diet?

Knowing your purpose will help you decide what to plant and how to plant.

Will your garden serve as an outdoor living space as well?

We love creating landscapes with edible gardens where your family and friends can also have some space allotted for gatherings or meal preparation since an edible garden is a perfect choice to incorporate in an outdoor kitchen.

  • Space

We help create edible gardens of all sizes. Our garden experts can determine the best edible plants that can grow in containers or the area of your yard.

If your edible garden is located in a highly visible spot, we will use plants that have an aesthetically pleasing effect.

If you have a large yard, we can have an edible forest prepared for you with perennial edible plants along with growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

The position of your edible garden is an important aspect of space.

We will make sure that we can grow edible plants in your space that would have enough sunlight, so they can flourish.

An edible garden should also be positioned near a source of water.

  • Nature of Your Soil

Plants thrive in well-draining and nutrient-rich soil.

We highly recommend soil with plenty of organic matter which is ideal for plants.

If your soil lacks nutrition, our plant experts will help you nourish it.

The best soil for growing food:

  1. Well-drained, but can still retain moisture and nutrients
  2. Rich in organic matter
  3. Neutral pH to slightly acidic
  4. Rich in soil life, like earthworms
  • Infrastructure You Might Like to Include

Our expert landscapers can help you plan out how you can incorporate infrastructure in your edible garden to improve its functionality.

We can install a shed, cupboard, or potting bench that you can use to store materials and potting up plants.

  • Choosing Your Plants

We want your edible garden to thrive, so our team is dedicated to helping you determine which plants will grow successfully in your space.

Our plant experts know exactly which plants will complement each other in terms of height, shape, color, texture, and growing habits.

We make sure that we place your chosen plants together in such a way that they work together and create a harmonious effect.

Here are the different kinds of edible plants that we can grow in your edible garden:

  • Flowers

Angelica, Bee Balm, Calendula, Carnations/Dianthus, Daisy, Daylily, Jerusalem artichoke, Nasturtium, Sunflower

  • Herbs

Basil, Garlic, Chives, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Mint, Oregano, Thyme

  • Vegetables

Lettuce, Tomatoes, beets, Corn, radish, Beans, Squash, Okra, Kale, Peppers, Chard

  • Fruits

Citrus, berries, figs, persimmon

  • Trees

All sorts of fruit trees like Oranges, Satsumas, Emons, Apricots, Apples, Orange, Avocado, and nut trees like pecan, walnut, chestnut

  • Shrubs

Fruit-bearing shrubs like blackberry, elderberry, blueberry

Services We Offer for Edible Gardens in New Orleans

Our trained and experienced team of landscape designers, garden consultants, gardeners, and plant specialists will handle all the dirty work for you in designing and building your edible garden so you can reap what we sow.

We make it easy for you to enjoy fresh produce from your own edible garden. Our services include:

  • Consultation

Our garden consultant will meet with you to know your interests and needs, so we can create a foundation for your custom edible garden.

  • Survey of your property

We will determine the ideal set-up of your edible garden as to size, location, orientation, and aesthetics to integrate with the current landscape.

  • Creating a customized 3-season planting plan for your approval
  • Construction and installation of garden beds and/or planting directly on prepared soil beds.
  • Preparing appropriate and ideal soil mix for your chosen plants.
  • Installation of planting system with the following components:
  1. Timber Frame bed for raised beds
  2. Growing medium rich in organic matter
  3. Organic Mulch
  4. Irrigation System
  5. Plants of your choice
  6. Fencing system
  • Planting services
  • Edible garden maintenance consultation.

Southern City Farm and Landscaping: Reconnecting With an Edible Garden

Having your own edible garden will bring numerous benefits for you and your family.

An edible garden will save you money, save you time, save the earth, and is good for your body and soul.

We want to bring the goodness of the earth’s produce to your table and help you reconnect with nature through our holistic approach to creating an edible garden in your yard.

Our experienced team will work closely with you to install your edible garden tailored to your needs and circumstances so that you can enjoy the freshest and most delicious produce possible.

Ready to get started? Give us a call today!