There are so many reasons to take up gardening, especially if you're looking for a fun and relaxing new hobby. Surrounding yourself with greenery can help reduce stress, and toiling in the soil is a good form of exercise. Plus, who doesn't love to watch plants grow from seed to seedlings to healthy, full-grown plants as a result of their hard work? While the benefits to gardening can go on forever, our favourite perk is growing plants that you can eat.
There's something so satisfying about being able to whip up a salad using homegrown greens or using your own herbs as the finishing touch to an elaborate meal. Plus, if you just want to make your outdoor space friendlier, filling your backyard or patio with digestible flora is an easy way to do that.
When it comes to edible plants, fruits and vegetables are the obvious place to start. But successful gardening is all about variety, and in addition to a fruit and vegetable garden, there's a world of herbs and edible flowers you can plant as well. These plants are all ideal for having a garden that's both beautiful and fit for human consumption.
- Flowering artichoke
- Hot peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Swiss chard
- Bay laurel
- Rose hips
— Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes